Aging in Place Challenge program


The Aging in Place Challenge program will support a sustainable model for long‑term care by shifting the focus toward preventive home and community‑based care. The program's objectives will focus on improving the quality of life of older adults and their personal caregivers through innovation that will support safe and healthy aging. The aim is to enable nursing homes to concentrate on older adults with the highest needs while reducing costs to the Canadian health care system. The program officially launched in April 2021.


About the program


Working with Canadian and international partners from academia, industry, government, and other interested stakeholders, the program has been constructed around 4 main research pillars:


  • Smart materials and devices
  • AI-assisted decision making


  • Brain health
  • Physical health
  • Activities of daily living


  • Mobility and transportation
  • Social engagement


  • AgeTech adoption
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Dwellings for successful aging in place

Collaborative projects will be defined under each pillar.

Getting involved

We have received a great deal of interest in the program from potential collaborators. The program's first engagement activities have been completed and an initial group of projects has been identified.

For collaborators

There will be ongoing future opportunities for collaborators to get involved. Researchers from the academic, public, not‑for‑profit, and private sectors as well as from Indigenous governments and organizations may express their interest in collaborating by emailing us at When a potential collaborative opportunity has been identified, an NRC representative will be in contact. In the meantime, follow us on social media for updates.

Grant and contribution funding will be available through the NRC's National Program Office for eligible collaborators who offer complementary expertise. This may include contributions to collaborative R&D as well as equipment needed for research in fundamental areas.

For experts by experience

If you are an older adult or caregiver and you are interested in becoming an expert by experience for the Aging in Place Challenge program, please submit your interest using the button below. There will be a number of opportunities to get involved in the coming years to provide your thoughts and opinions. This form will help us learn more about you, and how you would like to be involved in the program.

Submit your interest

News and events


Challenge accepted: How to support older adults aging in place through a more sustainable long‑term care model


A number of workshops and other engagement activities have been taking place since 2020 to help scope research activities and define project plans. Details will be posted here and on social media as additional workshops and engagement activities arise.

Contact us

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

Dr. Amaya Arcelus
Program Director, Aging in Place Challenge Program

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