Keeping seniors engaged

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Seniors Community Grant Program gets funding increase

Seniors will soon be able to stay better engaged with their communities thanks to an increase in funding by the province in the Seniors Community Grant Program.

The announcement of the funding increase from $1 million to $2 million was made by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in June at the Finnish Canadian Seniors Centre.

The 2015 grant program will provide funding to 367 not-for-profit community projects that foster volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors. This investment will help more than 73,000 seniors across the province stay active with computer and financial literacy programs, healthy eating and exercise, and local cultural appreciation events.

The funding increase is a reflection of the program’s success. In 2014, more than 43,000 seniors were supported by 179 projects funded through the program.

“Vibrant communities need vibrant seniors — so, as our society ages, we must find ways for our seniors to learn, teach and make a tangible contribution to their communities,” says Wynne in a release.

“Through the Seniors Community Grant Program, we are giving our seniors the opportunity to participate in the daily life of our province in a meaningful way.”