MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Zac Spicer

Geographical Areas

Canada, Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Northwest-Territories, Yukon, Newfoundland and Labrador, British Colombia, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island


This research paper attempts to answer the question of: how rural municipalities are preparing for an aging population across Canada? A random sample of one hundred rural municipalities were selected and analyzed for their availability of an aging policy. The aging policies adopted by municipalities are measured to demonstrate aging community planning preparedness from the Age-Friendly Rural and Remote Communities: A Guide. Realizing the impact of an aging population, demonstrates a need for addressing specific senior care at the local level. The findings of this study suggest that small rural municipalities are not preparing equally to meet the identified needs of an aging population.