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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Helping Seniors Stay Active in Their Communities

Ontario is supporting up to 460 new projects through the Seniors Community Grant program to help seniors get involved and stay active in their communities.

Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla made the announcement this morning at the Coniston Community Gardens in Sudbury, which offers local seniors the opportunity to enjoy raised gardening beds in a city-owned park with the support of experienced gardeners.

The Seniors Community Grant program supports initiatives and projects in the non-profit sector that help seniors across the province stay involved and active in their communities, find volunteer opportunities and engage in continuous learning, with programming and services specifically for seniors.

Supporting healthy, active seniors across the province is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts
  • The government is providing $11 million over the next three years towards the Seniors Community Grant program, including $2.7 million today to fund up to 460 projects across the province.
  • The theme of this year’s Seniors Month in Ontario is “Live Your Best Life.” The Seniors Community Grant helps to support seniors living active, healthy and engaged lives in their communities.
  • Launched in 2014, the program has invested $7.7 million to support more than 1,300 projects to help approximately 435,000 seniors across the province.
  • Up to 460 projects will receive a total of up to $2.7 million in funding benefitting approximately 185,000 seniors. This represents the highest number of projects funded in a single year since the program’s inception.
  • June is Seniors’ Month: an opportunity to celebrate and honour the knowledge, experience and the contributions that seniors make every day in communities across Ontario.

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“We’re celebrating Seniors’ Month, and the important contributions Ontario’s seniors have made to our province, by supporting people and organizations across the province that help seniors stay active and involved in their communities. Our government is committed to supporting seniors and helping them to lead healthy, engaged lives.”
Dipika Damerla
Minister of Seniors Affairs

“Our government is committed to supporting seniors right here in Sudbury, and across the province with this program. Support through the Seniors Community Grant program has helped thousands of seniors by helping them to stay active and involved in their communities, find volunteer opportunities and engage in continuous learning.”
Glenn Thibeault
MPP (Sudbury)

“Supporting seniors in Coniston with an expanded gardening program is now possible, thanks to the Government of Ontario. Not only will seniors have more opportunities to volunteer at the adjacent children’s garden, they will also donate even more produce to the local food bank.”
Linda Hachez
Garden Lead, Coniston Community Gardens

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