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Ontario Helping More Seniors in Guelph Stay Connected to the Community

Province Doubles Funding for the Seniors Community Grant Program

Ontario is helping more seniors in Guelph stay engaged in the community by doubling the investment in the Seniors Community Grant Program from $1 million to $2 million.

As part of the Action Plan for Seniors, the Seniors Community Grant Program provides funding to not-for-profit community projects across the province that foster volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors.

This year, the program is providing $8,000 to the City of Guelph’s Seniors - Active and Engaged project to help seniors through activities such as supporting a social recreational program designed for seniors with dementia and to engage volunteers in the delivery of the program.  In addition, the Mind in Motion program will allow persons with dementia and their care givers to participate in a fitness and social recreational program. 

This program is part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.

QUOTES

 “Seniors in a wide range of circumstances can benefit from recreational and social programs. I am pleased that Guelph's Seniors - Active and Engaged project is receiving provincial funding to provide programming for seniors with dementia.”  

— Liz Sandals, MPP, Guelph

“I’m very pleased the Province is supporting the City of Guelph’s Seniors – Active and Engaged project, which will make a difference for seniors with dementia and their families and caregivers.”

— Cam Guthrie, Mayor, City of Guelph

“Seniors still have the desire to be active and to participate in their communities, but many do not know how to get involved. Our government is committed to sustaining healthy, active and engaged older adults and we know supporting more projects through this program means we will be helping more seniors live their best life.”

— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

                                                                                                                                                        QUICK FACTS

  • June marked the 31st annual Seniors’ Month in Ontario.
  • The Seniors Community Grant program has already supported 179 not-for-profit projects that encourage greater social inclusion and has helped over 43,000 seniors in 2014-15.
  • As of 2015, for the first time, people over 65 account for a larger share of the population than children under 15.

LEARN MORE

Read Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.

Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat

For more information, contact: 
 
Frank Tersigni
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP 
(519) 836-4190                                                

 

              

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