Committed To Becoming More Age-Friendly
Port Colborne Canada
The Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC), made up of volunteer members from the City of Port Colborne, advocates for seniors needs and deals with matters that impact senior citizens’, such as employment opportunities, accessibility, health and welfare including affordable housing and enhanced quality of life opportunities. Working with the community services department and a staff liaison for administrative support, the SCAC takes on project ideas and concepts that will enable seniors to benefit more from local services and amenities and connect with issues that impact seniors throughout the Region of Niagara. The SCAC consults with partners like Port Cares and Community Living and liaises with local senior recreation centres in the community. They also continually reach out to the local business community via the Business Improvement Association (BIA), and are currently working on an initiative that aims to provide a mechanism for local business owners to make their businesses more accessible to seniors with the use of portable ramps to their stores. The idea is also to engage local schools who may be able to partner and perhaps build these ramps in accordance with current building code requirments where necessary. The SCAC is also advocating for recreation parks and amenities to perhaps tag benches and picnic tables with the words ‘Age-Friendly Community’ as a way to raise awareness.