Ontario announces year-three Seniors Community Grant recipients

Projects keeping seniors active and engaged in Guelph and Wellington County

Originally Issued by the Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

Guelph, Ont., June 21, 2016 – Ontario is investing up to $13,990 in three projects in Guelph and Wellington County through the Seniors Community Grant program, which will help seniors stay connected, active and engaged in their communities.

The funding supports local projects including:

  • Up to $8,000 for the City of Guelph, which will enhance the volunteer program at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre by assisting in developing orientation and training for volunteers as well as enhancing the database for volunteer management;
  • Up to $2,990 for the Guelph-Wellington Seniors Association, which will facilitate the work with a professional to develop a plan, framework and toolbox of skills for 60 volunteer-led activity group leaders; and
  • Up to $3,000 for the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington which will install a computer kiosk at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, featuring the Volunteer Centre’s dedicated seniors’ website.

The program, now in its third year, is the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to supporting seniors. It focuses on initiatives and projects in the non-profit sector that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism, education and community engagement for seniors across the province.

Projects can support seniors at a local, regional or provincial level and are reflective of the diversity of Ontario’s seniors population.

Keeping seniors engaged is part of the government’s plan to help seniors stay active and safe in their communities.

Quotes

“Guelph and Wellington have many active senior volunteers who contribute their talent and time to our community.  Our government is pleased to be able to support them with investments from its Seniors Community Grant program as we celebrate Seniors’ Month across the province.”

— Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

“We want seniors in Ontario to fully participate in their communities. The Seniors Community Grant program encourages this by supporting hundreds of projects focussed on volunteerism, learning, social inclusion and physical activity.”

— Dipika Damerla, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs

Quick facts

  • Launched in 2014, the program has invested $5 million to support 923 projects impacting approximately 256,000 seniors across the province.
  • There are more than two million seniors older than 65 who live in Ontario. This number is predicted to more than double in the next 25 years.

Learn more

For more information

Jenny Waterston
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
519-836-4190