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Halifax, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Regina, Whitehorse, Vancouver

National Project


In April, 1999, the Seniors Quality of Life Project began its two year program of research into the quality of life of seniors in 8 cities across Canada.

Seniors groups in Halifax, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Regina, Whitehorse and Vancouver are organizing and carrying out a series of public consultations on issues and factors affecting the quality of life and well-being of seniors.



Project Goals

  • to collect information about the factors affecting seniors' quality of life
  • to develop and implement a means by which Canadian seniors in urban areas can work to influence public policies that affect their quality of life
We will begin working towards these goals through:
  • focus groups
  • interviews and seniors' surveys
  • community consultations

Over the next few months, the project will build upon our current understanding of how the lives of Canada's seniors are affected by individual, community, and societal factors.

Seniors themselves are in the best position to describe their own lives and to suggest how their quality of life might be improved. Thus a participatory approach -- seniors directing the activities of the project -- was developed. This ensures that the project reflects the perspectives of individual seniors and seniors' organizations.

Seniors in each of the eight cities are supported in their work by a local project coordinator and university researcher. In addition, representatives from seniors organizations, seniors service agencies, and the municipalities, serve on coordinating and advisory committees in each city. These representatives also act as links to a broad network of people concerned with seniors' issues.


National Project Manager:

Ivan Brown
Centre for Health Promotion 
University of Toronto 
100 College St., Suite 511
Toronto, Ontario 
M5G 1L5 

Phone (416) 978-1101 
Fax: (416) 946-3680 
email: ivan.brown@utoronto.ca

Principal Investigator:

Dennis Raphael
Department of Public Health Sciences 
University of Toronto 
McMurrich Building 
Toronto, Ontario 
M5S 1A8 

Phone (416) 978-7567 
Fax: (416) 946-2087 
email: d.raphael@utoronto.ca

This project is funded by Health Canada.

Financial administration and overall responsibility for the Seniors Quality of Life Project is with the University of Toronto.

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