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  • April 07, 2014

Helping More Seniors in Scarborough-Guildwood Stay Connected, Active and Engaged

Ontario To Double Seniors Community Grant Program

Ontario is proposing to help more seniors in Scarborough-Guildwood stay connected to their community by doubling the Seniors Community Grant Program, the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to seniors.

The Seniors Community Grant Program supports initiatives by not-for-profit community groups that help seniors stay connected and involved in their community by encouraging greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement. This could include courses for seniors on financial literacy community events and physical and learning activities such as exercise classes and cooking classes.

Helping seniors stay active in their communities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.


“Increasing funding for the Seniors Community Grant Program will have a meaningful impact for the seniors of Scarborough-Guildwood. Through these grants, seniors focused community groups can help keep seniors connected and engaged in our community through volunteerism, social inclusion and leaning activities.”

— Mitzie Hunter MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood

“We are working with our community partners to address the problem of social isolation faced by seniors. Through the Seniors Community Grant Program we are helping seniors remain active and engaged members of their communities.”

— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs


  • By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.
  • The Seniors Community Grant Program gives out grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to help support initiatives that will allow seniors to contribute to all aspects of community life.
  • The proposed funding would increase the Seniors Community Grant Program from $500,000 to $1M in 2014-15.
  • Applications and guidelines are now available at





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