Ontario supports seniors
The government is committed to ensuring Ontario's seniors are able to live their lives to the fullest, with dignity and independence.
The supports in place include:
Providing Easy Access to Programs and Services
- A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario is available in multiple languages including English, French, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Punjabi.
- Collaborative Seniors Portal Network - www.seniorsinfo.ca provides seniors and their families in 29 Ontario communities with one window access to the programs and services available in their community from all orders of government.
Helping Seniors Keep their Independence
- The government is investing $700 million in funding for its Aging at Home Strategy so that seniors can remain independent for as long as possible.
- The 2008 Ontario Budget offered a property tax grant to help low- and moderate-income senior homeowners pay their property taxes and stay in their homes. In early 2009, the Province will provide about 550,000 senior homeowners with grants of up to $250. The grants would rise to a maximum of $500 in subsequent years.
Promoting Active and Healthy Living
- In 2008, the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat provided $140,000 to the Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario to develop and operate seniors' information and active living fairs in English.
- In addition, the Secretariat continues to provide funding through the Canada-Ontario Agreement on French Language Services to offer similar information fairs in French in partnership with Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l'Ontario (FAFO).
Recognizing the Contributions of Seniors
- The Ontario government recognizes that our success has been built on the contribution that seniors have made in the past and continue to make. To publicly recognize this contribution, the Ontario government holds an annual Ontario Senior Achievement Award to honour seniors who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities. And, through the Senior of the Year Awards, the Province gives each Ontario municipality the opportunity to honour one outstanding senior in their community.
Preventing Elder Abuse
- In May 2008, the Ontario government provided the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) with a one-time investment of $209,000 to support the work of each of 52 local elder abuse networks across Ontario to train front-line staff and hold public education events. It also builds on the government's $1.65 million investment in Ontario's Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse over 2007-08 and 2008-09 so the excellent work of the ONPEA regional elder abuse consultants can continue.
- The government continues to support individuals and families affected by dementia through Ontario's Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias Strategy - $13 million in funding for initiatives developed through the strategy, including more than 80 new or expanded respite programs, 50 new psycho-geriatric resource consultants and 39 public education coordinators in local Alzheimer Society chapters.
Preventing Falls and Ensuring Safe Use of Medication
- Each year, more than 24,000 seniors go to hospital emergency rooms as a result of slipping or falling in or around their homes. The government has invested $100,000 in seminars and a resource kit to educate seniors on how to prevent these accidents.
- Taking medication improperly is dangerous. In 2008, the government provided $75,000 to the Ontario Pharmacists' Association to deliver 35 public education seminars across the province on safe medication use for seniors.
Home Care and Community Support Services
- The government has increased funding for home care by $572.6 million and is now spending $1.78 billion. Approximately 268,000 more Ontarians are receiving care in their homes since 2003.
- The government has increased funding for community support services by over $203 million, and is now spending over $430 million for these important services, which are reaching approximately 133,000 more Ontarians since 2003.
- In partnership with the Dominion Institute, the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat is investing $100,000 to host ten community Veteran Appreciation Days.