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  • October 06, 2014

More Support for Guelph Seniors’ Centres

Elderly Persons Centres Keeping Seniors Connected to Their Communities

Ontario is helping Guelph seniors stay healthy, active and connected to their community.

The province is providing almost $110,000 to support The Evergreen Seniors Centre and the West End Community Centre.  Elderly Persons Centres, like the Evergreen Seniors Centre and the West End Community Centre provide social and recreational programs that promote wellness for seniors and offer them places to gather for activities like fitness classes, computer classes, as well as arts and crafts. This funding will help the centre maintain their operations and make small renovations, such as:

  • Slip resistant mats, printing work to support age friendly communities, levers/locks/keys, tables, chairs, auto faucets, screen, white board and volunteer recognition for the Evergreen Seniors Centre and
  • Treadmill, recumbent bike, aquatic care attendant tools, age friendly designation, gym seating for senior programs, instructor rehab certification and rehab partnership with St. Joseph’s home for the West End Community Centre.

Helping seniors stay active and engaged in their communities is part of the government's plan to invest in people and create greater opportunity for Ontarians around the province.


“Guelph’s Seniors Centres provide a broad range of programs and activities for seniors in our community.  By supporting our Seniors Centres we can help seniors be active participants in their local community.”

Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“We are pleased to support the work Elderly Persons Centres do in connecting seniors to their communities. This investment will provide seniors with more opportunities to stay active and engaged.”

Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

“The City of Guelph is committed to ensuring that Guelph is “age ready and age friendly”.  We are thrilled that the Government of Ontario is supporting our initiatives to ensure Guelph Seniors can choose to stay active and involved in our Community Centres and in our City.”

Derrick Thomson, Executive Director, Community and Social Services, City of Guelph

“Guelph has one of the most engaged and active seniors populations you will find anywhere.  The services and facilities at Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, and the West End Community Centre support seniors’ wellbeing and quality of life.  This funding will help us build on that success.”

Karen Farbridge, Mayor, City of Guelph


  • By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.
  • Ontario is providing a total of $11.5M, including almost $1.9 million in Special Grant funding, to 265 Elderly Persons Centres in communities across the province.
  • Elderly Persons Centres serve Ontario seniors in 140 communities.


For more information, Contact:

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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