MPP Rickford Announces Provincial Investments for Happy Go Lucky Seniors Centre and Municipality of Machin

MACHIN — The Ontario government is supporting Happy Go Lucky Seniors Centre and the Municipality of Machin with over $240,000 in combined investments to keep families and seniors fit, healthy and connected while staying close to home.

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the importance of staying active at all ages for our mental health and wellbeing,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “Our government is pleased to invest in community projects, like the ones we are celebrating today in Machin, that make a big difference in the lives of seniors and families.”

Project and funding breakdown:

  • Happy Go Lucky Seniors Centre – $28,600 for operating funding through the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, 2022-23 Seniors Active Living Centre (SALC) program
  • Municipality of Machin – $106,400 to install playground equipment through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Capital grant program.
  • Municipality of Machin – $97,200 to hire a full-time Recreation Facilitator, arts and yoga instructors, and to purchase an online booking system, laptop and sporting equipment through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Resilient Communities Fund in March 2022.
  • Municipality of Machin – $7,824 to improve wireless internet for Happy Go Lucky Seniors Centre to host events like “Armchair Travel”, the virtual interactive sensory travel experience through the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, Seniors Community Grant

“Seniors Community Grants are keeping our seniors fit, active, healthy and socially connected close to home, in their communities,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government is proud to invest in these projects with local organizations to meet the needs of seniors, provide the supports seniors need and deserve that also help to battle social isolation.”

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“Our Seniors Community is so happy with the support that we have received from MPP Rickford and the Ontario Government,” said Garry Parkes, President, Happy Go Lucky Senior Centre. “Greg has done so much for us over the years, we are always so appreciative of his support and seeing him when he is in our community.”

“We are extremely grateful to be receiving these grants from the provincial government,” said Mayor Gordon Griffiths, Municipality of Machin. “Without funding from the government, none of these projects would have been possible. COVID-19 affected every community, but I feel it made a larger impact on smaller communities like ourselves. Our projects are aimed at bringing residents back out into the community in a safe setting; you can already notice the positive impact the Resilient Communities Fund has had on the Municipality.”

“I was thrilled for our residents when I heard about the provincial funding,” said Max Nagy, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Machin. “Our community members deserve the credit for these projects since the ideas came from them volunteering their time to discuss community needs. Community development has been a goal for the Municipality and these provincial grant programs help make this goal achievable.”

QUICK FACTS

  • The Seniors Community Grants Program provides funding ranging from $1,000 up to $25,000 for local projects.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities.
  • Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Visit otf.ca to learn more.