Age-Friendly Communities

In an age-friendly community, the policies, services and structures related to the physical and social environment are designed to help seniors “age actively.”  In other words, the community is set up to help seniors live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved.

The following communities within the CVRD are recognized by the province as Age-Friendly BC Communities:

Cobble Hill - designated in 2012

The CVRD has been exploring the age-friendliness of Cobble Hill Village and potential for a seniors/mixed use development at the Cobble Hill Common, located in the heart of Cobble Hill Village.  As part of the necessary background research, and “Age Friendly” Assessment was undertaken during the fall of 2012.

Under direction of a Community Steering Committee, IPS Island Planning Services and Gemella Design were recruited to lead the study, consult with community members, prepare recommendations to enhance the age-friendliness of Cobble Hill Village and provide development options for the Cobble Hill Common site. Take a look at the Cobble Hill Age Friendly Report.

Mill Bay – designated in 2017

The CVRD is concerned about the age-friendliness of Mill Bay Village and of the South Cowichan more generally.  As part of the necessary background research, an “Age-Friendly” Assessment was undertaken in 2017.

Under direction of a Community Advisory Committee, Barefoot Planning was recruited to lead the study, consult with community members, and prepare recommendations to enhance age friendliness in the area.  Take a look at the Mill Bay Age Friendly Report.

More information about this provincial initiative can be found at Age-Friendly BC Initiative.