The Age-Friendly Cities initiative, started by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2006, was designed to optimize the health, participation and security of older adults throughout the course of aging. This is achieved by encouraging communities to adapt structures and services that increase accessibility and inclusion. An Age-Friendly city focuses on its social and physical environments with respect to a mix of land-use, street connectivity, access to green spaces, and neighbourhood aesthetics to promote healthy aging as well as maintaining social ties to family and friends. Age-Friendly cities offer benefits for the entire population in retaining a sense of attachment, familiarity, and identity of home and environment. Since 2009, the BC Ministry of Health, in partnership with the Union of BC Municipalities, has funded Age-Friendly projects in over 120 communities across the province.
The City retained Cardea Health Consulting to carry out an Age-Friendly Assessment of the City of Quesnel.