In recognition of the contributions older Albertans make to our families, communities and province, Alberta’s government has proclaimed, in perpetuity, the first full week of June as Seniors’ Week in Alberta.

Seniors are pillars of Alberta’s communities, and Seniors’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate their invaluable contributions to the province. Alberta’s government is taking action to promote healthy aging in Alberta with an $18-million investment over three years for new and existing seniors’ services initiatives across the province. This funding will support initiatives such as home support and outreach services for seniors.

“Seniors’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions our seniors have made to our families, our communities, and to our province. Our government is committed to supporting seniors in living and aging independently in their communities, which is why this funding is so important. Access to more in-home and community supports, along with strengthening outreach services in rural communities will ensure seniors across the province can continue to contribute and be vital members of our communities for years to come.”

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

The inability to navigate and access services often leads to isolation, hospitalization, or long-term placement for seniors. Older Albertans will have more peace of mind knowing there will be a range of flexible and personal supports, such as meal preparation, housekeeping, or yard care, available to them when they need them.

The total funding from Alberta’s government includes $12 million over three years, allocated to organizations covering the entire province including Carya on behalf of the Way In Network in Calgary, the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, and other community-based support services across the province. An additional $6 million over three years will be allocated to the United Way of Calgary and Area on behalf of Healthy Aging Alberta to expand in-home, non-medical support services. Together, this funding will help senior Albertans maintain their independence and quality of life.

“Healthy Aging Alberta, guided by the Community Leadership Council, is committed to creating a province where everyone plays a role in improving the well-being of older adults. This investment by the Government of Alberta will help aging Albertans stay active, contributing members in their communities – enhancing our ability to provide access to social connections, assisted transportation, home supports and the nutrition they need to live a good life. We deeply appreciate the partnership of our government and everyone who joins us to make Alberta one of the best places in world to age well.”

Susan Brooke, vice-president, Community Impact & Partnerships, United Way of Calgary and Area

"We are deeply grateful for this generous funding from the Alberta government, which will significantly enhance our ability to support seniors. Seniors are important contributors to our communities, and this investment will help us to ensure that they can continue to live independently and with dignity in the communities they have helped build. This funding is critical to connecting seniors to non-medical supports that enhance their quality of life and well-being. We look forward to working with our partners to implement and expand this initiative and continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older Albertans."

Paula Telfer, chief executive officer, Carya Calgary

Quick facts

  • As part of Seniors’ Week, the Town of Banff received an Age-friendly Alberta Recognition Award, for making services in the community more accessible and inclusive for seniors.
  • Alberta’s seniors population is now 790,000.
  • In 2023, the seniors population increased by about 2,500 each month.
  • The province’s seniors population is expected to increase to more than one million by 2035.
  • The breakdown of the funding to be distributed over three years:
    • $12 million over three years for in-home supports:
      • $4.5 million to Carya on behalf of the Way In Network in Calgary.
      • $4.5 million to the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council.
      • $3 million for community-based supports in other major centres across the province.  
    • $6 million over three years to the United Way of Calgary and Area on behalf of Healthy Aging Alberta to expand in-home non-medical support services.

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