As 2,000 municipal leaders gathered at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference May 31 to June 3, 2013 in Vancouver, BC, the Mental Health Commission of Canada urged them to keep mental health front and centre, and to remember that they have a vital role to play in sparking change.

For example, Canada’s over-65 population will increase from 13% to 22% by 2026, bringing a corresponding increase in the number of seniors with mental health problems and illnesses. We spoke with city and community representatives about how to implement many recommendations from the MHCC’s Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada. Learn more about municipalities and the aging population in this fact sheet.