Mayor Goldring and Lieutenant Governor talk about seniors’ housing in Burlington

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Mayor Goldring and Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell

Media release from the City of Burlington

Mayor Rick Goldring welcomed the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) on Feb. 24 for a roundtable discussion on seniors’ housing needs in Burlington.

Mayor Goldring hosted the roundtable with the Lieutenant Governor at Her Honour’s request to learn more about issues, ideas and initiatives of importance to the people of Burlington.

Over the next 20 years, the percentage of seniors within Burlington is expected to grow to about one in every four residents and the number of seniors over the age of 80 is expected to more than double.

Following the roundtable discussion, Mayor Goldring announced a one-year task force to address the issue of seniors’ housing in Burlington.

The city is committed to collaborating with residents and stakeholders, as outlined in Burlington’s Strategic Plan 2015-2040. The roundtable discussion today included representatives from Joseph Brant Hospital, the Burlington Seniors’ Advisory Committee; Halton Region’s social services, planning and health senior managers; Habitat for Humanity; private developers; seniors’ housing specialists; and City of Burlington senior managers.

Each of the 15 representatives was asked to consider and comment on the following two questions:

  1. What are the current housing opportunities for seniors who want, or need, to find a new home in Burlington?
  2. As the number of seniors continues to increase in our city, where should we place our focus in providing new housing opportunities to allow seniors to continue living in Burlington?

Facts about the Mayor’s Task Force

  • One-year initiative starting in May 2017
  • Led by the Office of the Mayor
  • Will announce members in April and provide more detail
  • Will consider options and opportunities related to seniors’ housing in Burlington
  • Will report back in one year

Quotes

Mayor Rick Goldring

“I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Mayor’s Task Force on Seniors’ Housing.When Her Honour confirmed her visit to Burlington, we felt it was an opportunity to host a roundtable meeting with community stakeholders on an important issue. As such, the topic of today’s meeting was seniors’ housing in Burlington.”

“I have spoken to a number of people in our community who tell me they are experiencing challenges finding seniors’ housing. I have heard this from seniors who raised their families here and want to downsize so they can stay in their community. I have also heard this from families who are trying to find the right type of housing for their aging parents.”

“The challenges shared by residents are varied, from health to financial. Often, it is a combination of a number of obstacles. Adding another level of complexity to this issue is that Burlington has a higher percentage of seniors than the provincial average.”

Media Contact:
Mayor Rick Goldring
Office: 905-335-7600, ext. 7607
mayor@burlington.ca

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