Canada’s Northern and Rural AgeTech Network (CTAAN)

Program
Type of Program
Information, Referral, & Advocacy
Social Connectedness

CTAAN sees a great divide between older persons in northern and rural communities and the technology that can support them. There is a lot of technology being developed and a lot of people needing them. The disconnect means it takes effort and time to get from one side to another—some may decide to hike across but do so at high cost and high risk.

Every now and then, someone will build a way to fly across the gap but it is resource-intensive and is only a one-time connection. This is not sustainable, efficient, or accessible to everyone.

Through partnerships and collaborations with local residents, researchers, and companies, CTAAN is building a permanent, accessible bridge to span the gap.

Through partnerships and collaborations with local residents, researchers, and companies, CTAAN is building a permanent, accessible bridge to span the gap.

Once the bridge is constructed, technology can be made accessible in Canada’s northern and rural communities to be used by older adults and caregivers to better support older adults to remain in the community longer, to delay the need for long-term or acute care.

Through a streamlined process, CTAAN breaks the barriers to the adoption of technologies that can help older residents of northern and rural communities to age happily and healthily in those communities. This process provides technology developers and companies with evidence that helps them plan for bringing their products and services to our region.