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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 202 in Lion’s Head received $3,996

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2019

MPP Walker announces funding for local seniors programs

OWEN SOUND - Ontario is committed to helping seniors stay healthy, safe and socially connected within their own communities. Many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.

That is why our government is investing $3 million in more than 260 projects that will benefit seniors across the province through the Seniors Community Grant Program. Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker announced a total of $13,815.10 in funding for area organizations.

Local programs receiving funding include: Maadookii Seniors Group - $3,900, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 202 in Lion’s Head - $3,996 and the Town of Hanover - $5,920.

“I would like to congratulate all of the recipients of this year’s program. I am inspired by everyone’s commitment to help keep seniors active and socially engaged in communities across the province. This year’s funding will go a long way in helping seniors to access programs and services where they live," said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Investing in seniors health and well-being also helps to keep seniors out of the hospital, reducing strain on the health care system.”

This year’s program better supports the unique needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities, including:

  • Initiatives that focus on elder abuse;
  • Programs and services that help prevent social isolation;
  • Increasing accessibility and seniors’ safety; and
  • Activities that help keep seniors physically and socially active.

“The support seniors and their families are receiving through the Seniors Community Grant Program in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound is good news,” said MPP Bill Walker. “Our government is working hard to protect what matters most to seniors and their families and this funding will go a long way in improving the well-being of seniors not just here, but in all communities in Ontario.”

QUICK FACTS:

  • The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opened on May 17, and closed on July 5, 2019.
  • Non-profit organizations received funding between $1,000 and $25,000 to co-ordinate and deliver local supports and programs in communities across the province.
  • The senior population in Ontario is the fastest growing age group. By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
  • Active aging brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.

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CONTACT: Chris Fell | chris.fell@pc.ola.org | 519-371-2421

 
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