MADA Projects get $40,500 from Que­bec

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Or­ford MNA Pierre Reid has an­nounced a grant of $40,500 for three Mu­nic­i­pal­ité amie des aines (MADA) projects to elab­o­rate mu­nic­i­pal poli­cies and ac­tion plans.

“It is im­por­tant to our govern­ment to cre­ate qual­ity liv­ing spa­ces for all cit­i­zens of Que­bec, the youth, fam­i­lies and se­niors. I am happy to sup­port the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Ma­gog, North Hat­ley and Or­ford Town­ship who are each un­der­tak­ing the MADA ap­proach and who have shown the de­sire to go far­ther in putting in place fa­vor­able en­vi­ron­ments for se­niors,” com­mented the Or­ford deputy.

Founded on the adap­ta­tion of poli­cies, in­fra­struc­tures and mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices to the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion, the MADA ap­proach pro­motes the con­cept of ac­tive ag­ing which is ex­tolled by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Its aim is to sup­port the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of se­niors in the de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties, keep­ing se­niors liv­ing in their homes and so­cial in­clu­sion.

Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tions with se­niors from the com­mu­nity, a mu­nic­i­pal­ity can, for ex­am­ple, of­fer more leisure ac­tiv­i­ties for se­niors, adapt ur­ban set­tings and pub­lic trans­port. In­fra­struc­ture projects can also oc­cur, such as in­creas­ing the length of time for pedes­trian cross­ings at traf­fic lights, adding more light­ing, benches and re­strooms.

“A mu­nic­i­pal­ity that is friendly to se­niors knows how to en­cour­age com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and the par­tic­i­pa­tion of its se­nior cit­i­zens at all of the stages of the re­al­iza­tion of the MADA ap­proach. With the in­vest­ment an­nounced to­day, 811 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or MRC’s in Que­bec will now be in­volved in this process which will be ben­e­fi­cial in the long term for all of its cit­i­zens,” men­tioned Min­is­ter Francine Char­bon­neau, the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Se­niors and Anti-bul­ly­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion about MADA in the Estrie re­gion, visit www.mfa. gouv.qc.ca

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