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Support Systems in Resource-based Towns for an Ageing Population

Wanda Leung, Carrie Wilcox, Judy White, Noreen Careen, Carmela Hutchison, and Victoria Lake

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To make northern communities sustainable they must be able to attract and retain a diverse population, from young working families to retired senior residents. This diversity brings with it the jobs, services, and local knowledge communities require to function well. However, there are many challenges to supporting senior residents in the North, which leads to many out-migrating to the South to access needed supports and services. This fact sheet takes a closer look at this issue and suggests approaches to overcoming some of these challenges through thoughtful investment, design, and community collaboration.

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