Aging in Place Challenge program

Recent research shows that, if given the choice, nearly all older Canadians would prefer to age in place within their own homes and communities. The Aging in Place Challenge program aims to support this choice through technology and innovation.

The program's objectives focus on improving the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation for safe and healthy aging in support of a sustainable model for long-term care that shifts the focus toward preventive home and community-based care.

The aim is to offer alternatives to nursing home care and empower older adults to age in their homes and communities. Since its launch in 2021, the program has supported several funded collaborative R&D projects and initiatives, and continues to do so.

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NRC Aging in Place Challenge program funding call

This call for proposals is now closed. The deadline to apply was January 22, 2024.

If you have any questions, send an email to

Healthy aging community living labs

Figure of the healthy aging community living labs initiative: Collaboration, co-creation and impact.

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Figure of the healthy aging community living labs initiative

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The healthy aging community living labs initiative funded and run by the NRC's Aging in Place Challenge program focuses on collaboration, co-creation and impact. The image shows the different living lab partners working together towards impact including:

  • The NRC
  • Experts by experience
  • Research partner
  • Industry
  • Local government
  • Health and social care

The objective of the initiative is to collaborate, co-develop and evaluate AgeTech innovations and solutions for aging in place.

About the program

The Aging in Place Challenge program harnesses the expertise and capabilities of several of the NRC's research centres to develop and support technologies and innovations to help increase the number of older Canadians who can continue living in their homes and communities by 2031.

Areas of focus

The NRC works with Canadian and international partners from communities, industry, academia, health and social care organizations, government and other interested parties to conduct research with the greatest impact and aligned with the program's areas of focus:

Getting involved

For experts by experience

If you are an older adult or caregiver and would be interested in becoming an expert by experience for the Aging in Place Challenge program, let us know. There will be a number of opportunities for you to get involved and provide your thoughts and opinions.

If you would like to be involved, complete the short intake form to provide us with some information about yourself to help us learn more about you and how you would like to be involved.

Consult the Aging in Place Challenge program's experts by experience Q&As.

Submit your interest to become an expert by experience for the Aging in Place Challenge program.

For collaborators

There will be ongoing opportunities for collaborators to get involved through the healthy aging communities living labs. Researchers and other collaborators from academic institutions, industry, not-for-profits, the private sector as well as Indigenous governments and organizations can express their interest in collaborating by sending an email to Living labs funding opportunities will be updated with new intake dates as they become available. In the meantime, follow the NRC on social media for updates using #NRCChallengeAgingInPlace.

Grant and contribution funding is available for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise through the NRC's National Program Office. Consult the page on funded collaborative R&D programs and initiatives for more information.


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Contact us

If you are interested in collaborating, making investments in this area, attending a workshop or an engagement activity, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Patricia Debergue
Program Director
Aging in Place Challenge Program

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