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  • November 22, 2013

Ontario Proposes New Grant Program to Help Seniors

Mauro & Gravelle announce Ontario Government Supporting Seniors, Helping People in Their Everyday Lives

November 22, 2013

The Ontario Government plans to offer more support for seniors throughout Northwestern Ontario through a new Seniors Community Grant Program.

Ontario is introducing the Seniors Community Grant Program to give seniors more opportunities to participate in their communities. The program will provide funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors.

This will be the first grant program in Ontario dedicated solely to supporting seniors.

Giving seniors more opportunities to engage with their communities is part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. This is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.


"We value the important contribution seniors make to the region of Northwestern Ontario. Through these grants seniors focused organizations can help seniors stay connected and engaged with their community."

– Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay – Atikokan

"Seniors have a lot to offer our community which is why it is important that they have the necessary resources to remain involved. This is why I am pleased that our government is providing funding to non-profit organizations to motivate social inclusion, volunteerism and engagement for seniors within our community."

– Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay – Superior North

"Social isolation is a problem many seniors face. Our government is introducing the first-ever grant program solely dedicated to helping seniors connect to their communities."

– Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs


  • The grants may range from $500 to $10,000 to help support initiatives that will allow seniors to continue to contribute to all aspects of community life.
  • By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.


Find out how the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat is helping Ontario seniors.

Read about Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.

See Ontario’s 2013 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.

For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
(807) 623-9237

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