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  • April 18, 2018

Creating Opportunities for Seniors to Stay Engaged in York Region

Ontario Supporting New and Innovative Programs for Seniors and their Families



April 17, 2018

 Four new and innovative projects that will help seniors stay active and engaged are coming to Oak Ridges-Markham  — part of Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity, and make life more affordable for seniors and their families.


Seniors Community Grants support projects that help seniors find volunteer opportunities, engage in life-long learning, and stay active. This year, the program has been expanded to support larger projects that will reach even more seniors across the province.


Local projects received a total of $30,000


Caregiving Matters - ABCs of caregiving to seniors     (King)

Markham Sunglow Senior and Family Association – Seniors, the Cultural Bridge Between Canada and China

Seniors Group Radiant Health - Inspired Seniors          (Markham)

Stouffville Gold Years Club - Herbal Soup for Healthy Living


The program was expanded this year and for the first time, some organizations received up to $100,000 for projects that are larger in scope and benefit more seniors over a longer period of time. As highlighted in Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, new investments in the Seniors Community Grant program will allow it to further expand and reach more seniors across the province.


Ontario’s 2018 Budget is supporting seniors and their families by:


  • Making prescriptions free for people 65 and over through an expansion of OHIP+. Starting August 1, 2019, seniors in Ontario will no longer have to pay a deductible or co-payment for prescription medications.
  • Creating a new Seniors' Healthy Home Program, starting in 2019, that will provide up to $750 per year for eligible households led by seniors 75 and over to help them offset the costs of living independently.
  • Creating a new Ontario Drug and Dental Program, reimbursing 80 per cent, up to a maximum of $400 per single person or $600 per couple, of seniors’ eligible dental expenses each year for those without workplace health benefits.


Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.




“Congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s Seniors Community Grant funding. I am inspired by your tremendous dedication to keep Ontario seniors active and engaged and I look forward to seeing your projects come to life. I also want to thank all the organizations who submitted an application. The volume and quality of applications we received this year more than justifies our decision to continue to grow the program in years to come.”

— Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs


““Supporting healthy, active seniors here in Oak Ridges-Markham and across the province is a priority for our government. Through the Seniors Community Grant program, seniors are benefitting from projects and programs that connect them to their communities through local events, classes, and volunteer opportunities.”


— Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham




  • Ontario is investing up to $4.1 million to support up to 246 projects through the Seniors Community Grant program. With today’s announcement, the total investment in the program is now up to $11.8 million, benefitting approximately 500,000 seniors across the province.






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