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Ontario Creating 40 New Seniors Active Living Centres

Province Helping Seniors Cambridge Stay Active and Socially Connected

Ontario is helping seniors in Cambridge stay active and connected to their community. The province is investing in one of up to 40 new Seniors Active Living Centres across the province.

The William E. Pautler 50+ Recreation Centre on Concession Road is receiving funding to expand seniors programs to meet the unique fitness, healthy lifestyle and learning needs of Cambridge. Funding may be used for both operating costs and equipment purchases.

“As a nurse, I know how important it is for seniors – indeed everyone – to have welcoming community places to gather, socialize and exercise,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.

“Thank you to all the volunteers and staff at Pautler centre for working hard to offer such a wonderful home for physical activity, building friendships and ongoing learning.”

With this expansion, Ontario now supports programs at more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre locations across the province. These programs offer seniors a range of activities tailored to the unique interests and needs of the community from exercise classes to music clubs, workshops on video editing to the use of community kitchens, along with a number of social outings. 

Ontario's 2018 Budget is supporting seniors and their families by:

  • Making prescriptions free for people 65 and over through an expansion of OHIP+. Starting August 1, 2019, seniors in Ontario will no longer have to pay a deductible or co-payment for prescription medications.
  • Creating a new Seniors' Healthy Home Program, starting in 2019, that will provide up to $750 per year for eligible households led by seniors 75 and over to help them offset the costs of living independently.
  • Creating a new Ontario Drug and Dental Program, reimbursing 80 per cent, up to a maximum of $400 per single person or $600 per couple, of seniors' eligible dental expenses each year for those without workplace health benefits.

Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change 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, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.


  • Ontario now provides about $14.2 million in annual funding to support the network of 303 centres that serve more than 100,000 seniors every year.
  • Older adults are the fastest growing segment of Ontario’s population. As of 2015, Ontario has more people over the age of 65 than children under 15.
  • In addition to the 40 new Seniors Active Living Centres announced today, the province will be able to fund up to an additional five centres in the future.
  • Modernized legislation, effective October 1, 2017, provides these centres with more flexibility to use their resources in ways that makes sense for local seniors and also improves accountability to ensure funding is spent wisely.


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