Ontario Keeping Niagara Seniors Healthy and Connected

Grimsby – Hon. Sam Oosterhoff, Associate Minister of Energy and MPP for Niagara West, today, announced that the Ontario government is helping more seniors stay fit, healthy and active in their community by investing up to $15 million to support all current Seniors Active Living Centre programs across the province that connect seniors with resources and activities. This funding includes an increased amount of $624,788 for thirteen Seniors Active Living Centres in Niagara.

“Our Seniors Active Living Centres are an important part of the community,” said Minister Oosterhoff.

“They bring seniors and the whole community together with services, activities and programs that ensure our seniors stay connected all year long.”

The up to $15 million investment is an increase of close to ten percent from last year, resulting in a majority of Seniors Active Living Centre programs getting a funding increase from $42,700 to up to $50,000 to deliver a variety of programs such as book clubs, fitness classes, health and wellness services, social groups, and other special events.

“Seniors Active Living Centres help build healthier, safer communities by providing a community hub for older adults,” said Hon. Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility.

“Our government’s expansion and investment in Seniors Active Living Centre programs will help even more older adults, including those in remote areas, get the supports they need to live healthy, independent lives.”

The increased funding will help support seniors programming at the Livingston Activity Centre in Grimsby, Lincoln Community Centre in Beamsville and Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill.

“The Town of Grimsby has worked hard to implement programming that keeps local seniors fit, active and engaged,” said Jeff Jordan, Mayor of the Town of Grimsby.

“This increase in operating funding will support seniors programming at the Livingston Activity Centre and help advance the goals of the Town of Grimsby to be an inclusive and age-friendly community.”

Due to the overwhelming success of Ontario’s more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centres being delivered by municipalities, new changes to the Seniors Active Living Centres Act, 2017, came into effect as of June 1, 2024, that enable more types of organizations to deliver Seniors Active Living Centre programs.

A call for proposals for organizations to deliver Seniors Active Living Centre programming will open later this summer. In addition to municipalities, other local and community-based organizations such as Legions, Lion’s Clubs, and other social and recreational clubs are now welcome to apply.

Organizations that deliver Seniors Active Living Centre programming contribute twenty percent of the cost of delivering the program, with the province providing the remaining eighty percent.

This announcement comes as Ontario marks Seniors Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of older adults in the province.