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  • October 06, 2014

Keeping Guelph Seniors Connected

Ontario Funds Social Inclusion, Volunteerism and Community Engagement Projects

Ontario is helping Guelph seniors stay connected to the community through the Seniors Community Grant Program, the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to seniors.

Reduced social contact, or social isolation, has been associated with a lower quality of life for seniors and can also lead to poor health and depression.

The Seniors Community Grant Program is supporting three local projects through an investment of almost $30,000 to help seniors stay connected, active and involved in their communities by encouraging greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement. The local projects are:

  • Guelph Wellington Seniors Association for their Marketing and Communication Plan;
  • The City of Guelph for “Age-Ready Guelph” and
  • Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington for “MobileCONNECT Computer Club.

Helping seniors stay active in their communities is also part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.


“Social isolation is something that is faced by many seniors in Ontario, especially in rural areas. Through the Seniors Community Grant Program we are helping seniors stay connected to their communities.”

Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

“Guelph is fortunate to have a number of organizations which provide support for our seniors.  Working with local not-for-profit organizations we can help seniors live healthier, more satisfying lives.”

Liz Sandals, MPP Guelph

“It is promising to see three senior-focused initiatives in Guelph and Wellington being supported provincially.  We hope for more sustainable funding for senior-serving programs, especially those facing additional barriers of culture and language.”

Roya Rabbani, Immigrant Services Guelph Wellington


  • By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.
  • The Seniors Community Grant Program provides grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to help support initiatives that will allow seniors to contribute to all aspects of community life.
  • The 2014 Budget doubled the Seniors Community Grant Program from $500,000 to $1 million in 2014-15.


For more information, Contact:

Jenny Waterston

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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