Big Community Impact

The City of Brantford Health and Human Services’ partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University demonstrates a significant and creative advancement of human services integration. Their innovative partnership has supported the creation of the Neighbourhood Learning Series, City Studio Brantford, Higher Education for Youth Day, Parker’s Project, and two municipal strategies (1) Together for Youth: A Coordinated Youth Services and (2) Healthy Aging: City of Brantford Age-Friendly Strategy.  Laurier staff and students also actively supported the Age-Friendly Strategy. Laurier students helped secure funding from the Ontario Seniors Community Grant to conduct a local study with older adults to assess the barriers seniors face when voting in a municipal election. Laurier students helped distribute surveys and facilitate focus groups with older adults in the City of Brantford. Due to the key partnerships the City of Brantford has with partners, such as Wilfrid Laurier University, the City was designated a “Youth-Friendly Community” by Play Works and an “Age-Friendly Community” by the World Health Organization in 2017.