Ontario Helps Seniors in Brampton Stay Active and Engaged
Province Celebrates International Day of Older Persons
In celebration of International Day of Older Persons, Ontario is helping over 80 seniors in Brampton stay active and engaged with support from the Seniors Community Grant Program.
The province is providing $7,600 to the Free For All Foundation's Seniors Step program that helps improve health outcomes, enhance social involvement and decrease isolation for seniors in the Brampton area. The program provides peer mentoring sessions and exercise programs where participants learn about healthy lifestyle habits including regular screening and chronic disease management.
This year, the Seniors Community Grant program has provided funding to 365 not-for-profit community projects that foster volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors. As part of the Action Plan for Seniors, Ontario doubled the investment in the program from $1 million to $2 million to help over 73,000 seniors across the province remain active and engaged.
Helping seniors participate in their communities is part of the government's four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.
- October 1, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons, and is also National Seniors Day in Canada.
- Since its launch, the Seniors Community Grant program has supported 544 not-for-profit projects that encourage greater social inclusion and has helped over 115,000 seniors.
- As of 2015, for the first time, people over 65 account for a larger share of the population than children under 15.
“Seniors still have the desire to be active, but many do not know how to get involved. On the International Day of Older Persons and throughout the year, we honour older adults by reaffirming our commitment to projects which foster volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement to help more seniors live their best life for as long as possible.”
“Seniors have contributed greatly to this region, and it’s important that their contributions are celebrated. We are pleased to support Free for All’s project that helps seniors continue to participate in the community they helped build.”
Harinder Malhi, MPP
“Our organization recognized that seniors in this area are still vibrant and that they would benefit from our Seniors Steps program. We are proud to work with the province to teach seniors new skills and help them remain as physically and mentally active as possible.”