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Seniors invited to have their say in new hub

As York Region moves forward with plans to build a seniors’ hub in Unionville Commons, it’s calling on local seniors to help it better understand how community needs have evolved since it completed a 2018 study and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Your feedback is critical to help inform design of the Seniors Hub and the programs and services offered,” says Unionville Ward 3 Councillor Reid McAlpine.

The seniors’ hub will provide inclusive and accessible seniors-focused services for seniors from Unionville Commons and surrounding communities to create a sense of community to help seniors age in place. Unionville Commons, a 265-unit affordable rental building for seniors at 4310 Hwy. 7 East in Markham, opened this year. It’s owned and operated by Housing York Inc.

The 11,000-square-foot seniors’ hub will be located on the ground floor of Unionville Commons and will include a large, multi-purpose space; an outdoor patio; and storefront spaces for partner organization. Construction is slated to begin in 2024 and the hub is expected to open in 2025.

There are three ways to provide your input. You can attend and participate in a needs assessment study engagement session, which will be held virtually on Monday, Oct. 23 and Tuesday, Oct. 24 and in-person on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and Thursday, Oct. 26. You can also complete an online Needs Assessment Update Survey, which is available in several languages and closes on Monday, Oct. 30.

Finally, you can apply to join the Seniors Hub Advisory Group. Members will include York Region residents, local community agencies, Unionville Commons residents and York Region staff and will provide input, feedback and advice on strategic planning, operational activities and continual improvements. The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 30.

Visit York.ca/SeniorsHub for a link to the survey, to register for the engagement sessions and to download an application for the Advisory Group. The updated needs assessment study, together with the 2018 needs assessment study, will help inform design of the Seniors Hub and the programs and services offered. A report summarizing the findings will be available to the public.

York’s seniors’ population is growing faster than any other age group. By 2031, one in five people will be 65 years or older, the Region reports.

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