Policy Challenge

The Policy Challenge is an education program run by AGE-WELL and the AGE-WELL National Innovation Hub – APPTA. This education program is a unique opportunity for AGE-WELL trainees to work closely with policy experts and learn first-hand how research ideas become policy options for implementation at a provincial, territorial, or national level.

Each year policy priority questions are identified by government stakeholders from across Canadian jurisdictions. Applicants choose a policy priority and continue to spend the duration of the program working closely with APPTA’s team and the larger government stakeholder network for the development of their own policy report. Participants acquire policy writing skills, invaluable networking opportunities as well as a relevant, impactful knowledge product to add to their portfolio upon program completion.

2021-2022 Policy Challenge Recipients


We are very excited to announce our three policy challenge winners for 2021-2022. Adebusola Adekoya (PhD student, University of Waterloo) will be pursuing the question: What alternative housing/care models to long-term care exist that are effective in supporting older adults to remain in their communities? Dr. Viviane Josewski (Postdoctoral research fellow, University of British Columbia) and Amika Shah (PhD student, University of Toronto) will be pursuing the question: How can government rapidly increase access to mental health and addictions supports for older adults? We can’t wait to work with them on their policy reports and much more.

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