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ORAZIETTI ANNOUNCES LOCAL SENIORS COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS

Province Helping to Keep Seniors Active and Engaged in Their Communities

 

Sault Ste. Marie – The provincial government is investing $19,168 in five projects in Sault Ste. Marie through the Seniors Community Grant program, which will help seniors stay connected, active and engaged in their communities, announced David Orazietti MPP today.

 

“The Seniors Community Grant program supports local projects and encourages seniors engagement in the community focussing on learning, volunteerism and physical activity,” said Orazietti.  “It is important to honour and acknowledge the many contributions that seniors make in our province not only during Seniors’ Month but every day.”

 

The funding supports local projects including:

 

  • $8,000 for City of Sault Ste. Marie for Seniors Embracing Possibilities project which will provide healthy active living programming and education for seniors
  • $3,000 for Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership – professional engagement project
  • $3,000 for Canadian Diabetes Association –Diabetes Peer Support Group Training in First Nations Communities
  • $2,600 for Dementia Care Network of Algoma – Geocode Mapping Project
  • $2,568 for Sault Ste. Marie Public Library – Keeping up with Boomers and Beyond seniors event

 

The program, now in its third year, is the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to supporting seniors. It focuses on initiatives and projects in the non-profit sector that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism, education and community engagement for seniors across the province.

 

Projects can support seniors at a local, regional or provincial level and are reflective of the diversity of Ontario’s seniors population.

 

Keeping seniors engaged is part of the government’s plan to help seniors stay active and safe in their communities.

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Launched in 2014, the program has invested $5 million to support 923 projects impacting approximately 256,000 seniors across the province.
  • June 2016 marks the 32nd anniversary of Seniors’ Month in Ontario
  • There are more than two million seniors older than 65 who live in Ontario. This number is predicted to more than double in the next 25 years.

 

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