September 23, 2019
Keeping Seniors Healthy, Safe and Active
More Community Support for Seniors Across the Province
TORONTO - Ontario is committed to helping seniors stay healthy, safe and socially connected within their own communities. Many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.
That is why the government is investing $3 million in more than 260 projects that will benefit seniors in communities across the province through the Seniors Community Grant Program.
"This year's funding will go a long way in helping seniors be able to access programs and services where they live," said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. "I am inspired by everyone's commitment to help keep seniors active and socially engaged in communities across the province."
This year's program supports the needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities, including:
- Initiatives that focus on elder abuse
- Programs and services that help prevent social isolation
- Increasing accessibility and seniors' safety
- Activities that help keep seniors active and socially active
"Supporting Ontario's seniors is about investing in programs and services that promote healthy aging," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "By doing so, we can help prevent or prolong the start of illnesses that may cause seniors to seek care in hospitals."
Ontario remains committed to protecting what matters most to seniors and their families.
- The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opened on May 17, and closed on July 5, 2019.
- Non-profit organizations are receiving funding between $1,000 and $25,000 to coordinate and deliver local supports and programs in communities across the province.
- The senior population in Ontario is the fastest growing age group. By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
- Active aging brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.