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Last modified: December 11, 2019

This section of the site makes tools available to facilitate and support the AFM approach undertaken in your various municipalities.

In 2013, the SA decided to produce a guide (Guide to implementing the age-friendly municipality initiative) for municipalities. The guide is intended to provide municipalities and RCMs with clear, practical directions for developing and implementing an AFM project in their community. 

Who is the guide for? The guide is for anyone undertaking an AFM initiative, be they elected officials or project managers, from the municipal government sector or the community, or anyone else interested in the initiative.

The guide is designed to be as practical as possible for municipalities and RCMs. It provides a method to follow for each of the six stages of the AFM initiative.

For each stage, the guide is divided into three parts:

  1. A description of the stage ;
  2. A description of good practices;
  3. Key points.

The icons below highlight information to remember, appropriate tools for each stage of the initiative and pitfalls to avoid when carrying out an AFM project.

The toolbox means that documents about the six stages of the AFM initiative can be downloaded.

The picture of a book means that documents can be consulted or downloaded from the Web site.
 The light bulb stands for “good ideas” and provides references to concrete examples of success. A star indicates elements that are required to be awarded the title “Age-friendly Municipality” by the MSSS and the WHO.
 The yellow triangle stands for “Caution!” and means that caution must be exercised during implementation. The CAMF logo means that a CAMF tool can be downloaded to help complete the stages of the AFM initiative.

The toolbox of the AFM guide

The toolbox allows you to download documents on the six steps of the AFM approach. Click on the step you are interested in and it will lead you to the tools and documentation developed by the research team of the Age-Friendly Cities in Quebec, from the Research Centre on Aging of the CSSS-IUGS.

These documents were developed through our research and our support to several municipalities already included in the AFM approach.


1. Municipal council and municipality

2. Steering committee

3. Diagnosis

While these stages are being completed, the circulation of information, both between steering committee members and with partners in the community, must be given priority. A communication plan must be drawn up to support the development of the initiative and the projects undertaken as well as to celebrate successes.

Lastly, one of the conditions for success is to ensure older people participate at every stage of the initiative and that the whole community contributes

4. Seniors policy and action plan

5. Implementation

6. Self-assessment

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