Program overview :

Enabling Aging in Place Q&A

1. Are sites that are selected in Phase 1 automatically enrolled in Phase 2?

No Phase 1 sites are not automatically enrolled in phase 2. However, sites that are selected in Phase 1 will be given the first opportunity to enroll in Phase 2. By submitting a completed Implementation Plan and Evaluation Plan before April 30, teams will automatically be considered for Phase 2.

2. Will teams who did not participate in Phase 1 be able to apply to participate in Phase 2?

It is expected that all 25 Phase 1 teams will continue on to Phase 2. The total number of teams in Phase 2 will be at least 25 with additional spots to be confirmed in spring 2024.

3. Do programs need to align with all six of the program principles or is alignment with some or most of them sufficient?

The strongest applications will align with all six program principles. Teams should, at a minimum, align with the principles of Responsive and Adaptive, Equitable and High Value and at least one of: Access to Specialized Healthcare Services, Access to Social and Community Support, or Access to System Navigation and Support.

4. What is Asset-Based Community Development?

ABCD is a bottom-up way of working with communities that focuses on community strengths and assets rather than on deficits and problems. You can check out this video for a quick introduction.

5. Could we potentially be funded for an expansion of our existing services to include services such as a meals on wheels program?

Yes, extending Access to Specialized Services to include new services such as meals on wheels is within our program criteria, provided the program meets the remaining eligibility criteria and is implemented in a way that aligns with the Program Principles of Adaptive and Responsive, Equitable and High Value.

6. How is “home” defined?

Home refers to wherever people live outside of building-based institutional care facilities (e.g., nursing home, assisted living home, hospice).

7. How many teams will receive funding in this program?

Through the Enabling Aging in Place Collaborative, HEC will provide funding and coaching support for up to 25 teams. There is no limit to the number of teams that can join the pan-Canadian community of practice. These teams will be invited to webinars and receive updates and resources developed during the program. To register for the community of practice please email

8. Can organizations use Phase 1 funding to develop relationships with provincial/territorial Ministries of Health to improve funding sustainability for long-term operating costs?

Phase 1 funding can be used to support relationship/partnership building. While program teams will utilize the funding component of HEC support differently, all program teams will be required to participate in the capability building activities and perform the work required to complete and submit the implementation and evaluation templates.

9. What are the non-fundable items?

Eligible and ineligible expenses are outlined in Appendix B of the Enabling Aging in Place application form.

10. When will the results of the application be shared after submission?

HEC will inform all applicants about the status of the application in December 2023. All participating teams will need to submit a signed collaboration agreement by January 5, 2024. A sample Collaboration Agreement can be found on HEC’s website to allow teams to proactively review this document.

11. Is HEC available for individual consults to discuss proposed program ideas?

If you have any questions about your program application please contact and we will work together to find the most appropriate way to support your application.

12. Can a single team apply to the collaborative, or are multiple teams required to submit as a partnership?

HEC encourages teams to submit with support from partner organizations that are involved in meeting the community’s needs, however single team applications are welcome.