In 2009, a small group of Londoners and municipal staff started a city-wide consultation process to have London Ontario become the first Canadian city to receive the Age Friendly City designation from the World Health Organization.
Members of the original Age Friendly London start-up working group assisted City of London Councillor Gina Barber (chairperson) with the community consultations and report back to the community. Special thanks were extended to Kathy Smith, Jean Knight, Ellen Cannon, Robin Armistead, Laurie Spence Bannerman, Vilia Zoccano, and Kate Graham for the many hours spent on the preparation of the report. London received the designation and became a member of the Global WHO Network of Age Friendly Cities in 2010.
In 2013, the newly established Age Friendly London Network (Lynne Livingstone, Managing Director, Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services) released a 1 year report on the achievements of the expanded network membership. A 3 year plan was created from 2014 through 2017. The working groups continued to set annual goals, report on progress and measure the annual results.
On May 28th,2017, the network members approved a new 3 year Action Plan 2017 – 2020.
On June 28th, 2017, the City of London will sponsor the annual AFL conference at the London Hellenic Centre.