MADA Projects get $40,500 from Quebec
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