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  • November 09, 2017

Ontario Supporting Seniors to Live Their Best Life

New Action Plan Provides More Fairness for Seniors in Cambridge and North Dumfries, and Enhances Support Across the Province

Every person in Cambridge and North Dumfries and across the province should benefit from the opportunities that Ontario has to offer, no matter their age. That’s why the province is taking action to make sure that all seniors are able to access the support they need at every stage of their life.

Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge, was at Fairview Mennonite Home in Cambridge Nov. 8, 2017 to share details of Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The plan empowers people to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to their care, their independence and how they access government services — whether that’s finding ways to keep up an active lifestyle or getting the support needed to live at home longer.

“Seniors in Cambridge and North Dumfries want to know that the province is there for them, to provide supports and services that meet their needs. Ontario’s new plan is the best roadmap for making sure that seniors are well supported at all stages of their lives. I’m proud of this investment and what it will mean for Cambridge and North Dumfries," MPP McGarry said.

MPP McGarry visited with seniors at Kirkwood Apartments in Ayr on Nov. 9, 2017, where she also explained details of the new strategy.

Click here to see more details of the seniors strategy.

The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years — and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for as long as possible and staying connected through social, recreational and volunteer activities. To ensure communities like Cambridge and North Dumfries are ready for the changing realities of an aging population, the plan also substantially expands the number of long-term care (LTC) beds across the province, while increasing staffing levels and support for LTC home residents.

The new action plan offers:

  • A one-stop website where seniors — about 70 per cent of whom go online every day — can find information about tax credits, drug coverage, powers of attorney, recreation programs and more. Seniors will also be able to get information over the phone in more than 150 languages
  • An annual high-dose influenza vaccine, targeted to protect seniors, will be available free of charge as part of the Ontario Universal Influenza Immunization Program
  • Support for “naturally occurring” retirement communities by investing more than $15 million over two years for apartment buildings or housing developments where many seniors already live close to one another
  • More volunteering opportunities connecting seniors and youth, fostering learning and mentorship while reducing older people’s risk of social isolation
  • 5,000 new LTC beds over the next four years and 15 million more hours of nursing, personal support and therapeutic care annually for residents in LTC homes, as well as a 10-year plan to create more than 30,000 new beds over the next decade, working with the long-term care sector.

Helping seniors live their best life is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation.

“My mom is 89 and my dad is 91 — so my family and I know, on a very personal level, how important it is to Ontario’s two million seniors, and their families and friends, that we empower older people to navigate this next phase of life with dignity and as much independence as possible. Through Aging With Confidence, we are doing our very best to help seniors continue to live life to the fullest as part of Ontario’s healthy and vibrant communities," said Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, said: “Over the last year I’ve travelled across the province meeting a diverse array of seniors, who are as vibrant as the province itself.  Aging with Confidence is a broad plan to support seniors at all stages of life. Seniors have spent a lifetime contributing to their communities and to the economy. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that their changing needs are met.


  • Ontario is investing $155 million over three years through the action plan.
  • Older adults make up Ontario’s fastest-growing age group. There are now more people in Ontario 65 or older than under 15.
  • Almost half of seniors are worried about being alone. Social isolation is a risk factor for an array of negative outcomes among older people, including elder abuse, a higher risk of falls, hospitalization and depression.
  • Aging with Confidence builds on Ontario’s 2013 Action Plan for Seniors.


Backgrounder on Aging With Confidence

Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

New one-stop website for seniors

Guide to programs and services for seniors

Find a long-term care home

Where to get the flu shot


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