Ontario announces additional support for seniors

Jun 26 2020, 10:22 am

The Ontario government announced that it will be additional support for seniors.

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford said the province is providing up to $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program, “a significant increase over last year.”

According to the province, this funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors’ safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly.

“It’s incredibly important to ensure our seniors have the supports they need to live full, rich and socially active lives, especially during this pandemic,” said Ford in a statement.

“Many have been staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As the province gradually reopens, this funding will go towards establishing virtual seniors’ tours, offering programs to combat elder abuse and developing age-friendly communities through initiatives like making outdoor spaces more accessible for seniors.”

This year’s grants will range from $1,000 to $100,000 and will fund projects that will help elders receive the support they need, ensure that seniors are less at risk for neglect, abuse and fraud, as well as ensuring more older adults are connected and engaged, reducing social isolation.

It will also provide more opportunities for older adults in employment and volunteering, achieving greater financial security and engagement within the community.

In the past, the province says that Seniors Community Grant Program has supported community-based activities like seniors’ fitness classes, lawn bowling, brain fitness activities, multicultural dance, along with a public education and awareness campaign that challenges the myths and stereotypes that portray older adults as frail, out-of-touch, technologically illiterate, and no longer employable.