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Seniors Programs & Services

Welcome to the online guide to Seniors programs and services. The City of Calgary and its Calgary Neighbourhoods staff work with many seniors and seniors organizations in a number of different ways. We know the seniors population in Calgary is increasing both in terms of total numbers of and as a percentage of Calgary's population. The City of Calgary is leading the development of a Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy to help plan for the growing number of older adults.

This guide provides information about the many activities, services and programs offered by The City of Calgary specifically for seniors. We encourage you to contact City staff listed or to connect with the web-sites indicated for further information.

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General information

2-1-1
2-1-1 provides an easy-to-use service for Calgarians in need of community, health and social service information. The service is free, confidential and multilingual.

3-1-1
3-1-1 connects citizens with non-emergency City services.

InformCalgary Seniors Directory
InformCalgary is an easy-to-use web-based database containing information about community, health and social services in Calgary.

Safety

Fire Safety for Seniors
Fire safety for seniors is critical as they make up the largest high-risk group for injury and death by fire. Changes in an older person's sensory and physical functions can make it difficult for them to detect smoke or fire and to quickly exit. Read some practical tips about fire safety in the home.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15
Join with other Calgarians at a public gathering in Olympic Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15 to learn more about this important issue. Bring your lunch, wear purple to show your support and come listen to great speakers.

Pet Safety Sticker Program
Animal Services is pleased to provide dog and cat owners with a removable, vinyl window sticker to help keep your cat or dog safe in the event of an emergency. For more information, please call 3-1-1.

Safer Calgary
With the goal of reducing both intentional and unintentional injuries in Calgary, Safer Calgary is an umbrella organization that coordinates safety promotion and violence prevention.

Transportation

Access Calgary
Access Calgary is responsible for managing the eligibility, booking, scheduling and dispatching of shared-ride, door-to-door transportation services for Calgarians with disabilities.

Calgary Handi Bus
Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by understanding and responding to their transportation needs, providing superior service with care and dignity, being a voice for our customers and thereby strengthening the community.

Seniors Citizens' Transit Pass
The Senior Citizens' Yearly Transit Pass enables individuals 65 years and older to ride Calgary Transit at a reduced rate.

Calgary Transit
Find out when the bus is coming.

Housing/Home Support Services

Community Based Snow Removal Programs
Several community-based and regional seniors' organizations provide assistance to Seniors (including snow removal and special projects).

Home Maintenance Services
This program helps low-income seniors to live safely in their homes by providing basic yard care, snow removal, house cleaning, interior and exterior house painting, and minor home repairs.

Property Tax Assistance Program
The City of Calgary offers financial assistance to low-income homeowners who see an increase in their property tax. If you are a residential property owner experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for a credit on your property tax account through the council-approved 2005 Residential Property Tax Social Support Program.

Police Services

Calgary City Police
A coordinator provides information on crime prevention including home security, fraud protection and advice on situations of elder abuse. Information can be given on an individual or group basis at a seniors centre. A seniors' advisory committee assists helps the Calgary Police Service stay well connected with the seniors' community.

Recreation, Culture & Fitness

The City of Calgary offers a wide range of leisure programs and services to make your free time creative and stimulating.

Have an idea for recreation in your community? We are available to work with seniors/community organizations to ensure leisure opportunities are available right in your own neighbourhood.
 

  • Recreation Program Registration
    Browse the available programs and register here.
  • Recreation Fee Assistance Program
    Fee Assistance is available for Calgary residents in financial need to help make recreation more affordable.
  • Parks & Locations
    We encourage you to visit the many parks in Calgary. From neighbourhood tot lots to urban green space, they are yours to enjoy.
  • Lawn & Garden Tips
    The Good for Nature Gardening web pages discuss how a garden works and how you can help it do even better by providing the right kind of care through intelligent, environmentally-healthy practices that encourage the overall health of your garden.
  • Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
    The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre is located on the Bow River at 2425 Ninth Avenue S.E. This 32-hectare wildlife reserve offers more than two kilometres of level walking trails throughout the riverine forest, by the flowing river and alongside a peaceful lagoon. More than 250 species of birds and 300 species of plants, plus several kinds of mammals, have been observed in the area.

Seniors' Week

June 6-12, 2016 is Seniors' Week in Calgary and across Alberta. There are events throughout the week to celebrate the many contributions that seniors make to our communities. A complete list of events is available here.