Ontario Celebrates Seniors Community Grants Recipients

TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing up to $6 million through the Seniors Community Grant Program to support 282 community projects that help seniors and older adults stay fit, active, healthy and socially connected, close to home.

“The Seniors Community Grants Program is a great example of how our government is working for local communities,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “We are pleased to provide funding for so many programs that bring older people together to avoid being socially isolated, learn new skills, get fit, enjoy group activities and stay connected to their neighbours and friends.”

Up to $25,000 per project is invested in local programs, services and events to provide seniors with opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement. The Seniors Community Grants Program is a unique Ontario government grant designed to reduce social isolation, fight ageism and create positive connections.

Examples of innovative Seniors Community Grants projects receiving funding this year include:

  • Art Therapy workshops to 500 older adults and seniors living in Markham and across York Region
  • Educational workshops on topics such as cyber safety, nutrition, mental health and introductions to various new sports and fitness activities in Port Hope
  • Weekly opportunities for approximately 45 older adults to connect with high-school aged students in a musical and social setting in Waterloo
  • Developing volunteerism opportunities, creating and delivering seniors’ social and educational programming in Picton
  • Providing new opportunities for older newcomer adults to stay active and connected in their communities in Sault Ste. Marie

This announcement comes as Ontario marks Seniors Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors in the province. Earlier this month, Ontario announced annualized funding for over 300 Seniors Active Living Centres that connect seniors to activities, programs and services in their communities.

Over 100 Seniors Active Living Fairs are also expected to take place in 2024-25 which will provide more opportunities for seniors to learn about supports and programs in their community. Last year, over 100 in-person, virtual and northern fairs were held throughout the province. To find a fair near you, visit this link.

Quick Facts

  • See the full list of 2024-25 Seniors Community Grants.
  • Since 2018, Ontario has invested in over 1700 Seniors Community Grants.
  • See the full list of Seniors Active Living Centres.
  • The number of seniors aged 65 and over is projected to increase significantly, from 2.8 million or 18.4 per cent of population in 2022, to 4.4 million, or 20.3 per cent by 2046.

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