Seniors living in rural Alberta need accessible transportation services to improve access to medical care, buy groceries and connect with community and government services. Through an initial $1.1-million investment, seniors in Edson, Fox Creek, Oyen, Sundre and the Municipal District of Smoky River will be able to access more transportation options.
“It is important for seniors to live independently in their communities for as long as possible. This funding will strengthen transportation in rural communities, providing seniors with easier access to health care, grocery stores, socialization and so much more.”
This three-year project will see local community organizations and their partners deliver innovative, accessible and assisted transportation services to older adults in their communities. The investment will mean that seniors will be able to rely on more frequent trips being available, new routes for out-of-town services and additional vehicles for increased options.
“Increased availability of accessible and affordable transportation in rural Alberta will directly impact older adults’ ability to age well in their homes and communities of choice. This is an excellent example of government and community working collaboratively to identify needs and solutions to support aging in the right place.”
In early 2024, interested community-based organizations, Family and Community Support Services offices and municipalities will be invited to submit expressions of interest to be part of the next phase of the project, which will support up to 20 programs across Alberta. Details on how communities can access this funding will be available on the Healthy Aging Alberta website.
- Project funding:
- Municipal District of Smoky River - $286,933
- Edson - $275,660
- Oyen - $242,000
- Fox Creek - $185,045
- Sundre - $147,504