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Creating Opportunities for Seniors to Stay Engaged in Cambridge

Ontario Supporting New and Innovative Programs for Seniors and their Families

New and innovative projects that will help seniors stay active and engaged are part of Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity, and make life more affordable for seniors and their families.

The Cambridge YMCA is receiving $12,000 from the Seniors Community Grant program, for a recruitment strategy for seniors to increase participation in exercise and education programs.

“Supporting healthy, active seniors here in Cambridge and across the province is a priority for this government. With the Seniors Community Grant program, local seniors are benefitting from community-run projects that keep them engaged and socially connected,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.

Across the province, Seniors Community Grant funding supports projects helping seniors find volunteer opportunities, engage in life-long learning, and stay active. This year, the program has been expanded to support larger projects that will reach even more seniors across the province.

The program was expanded this year and for the first time, some organizations received up to $100,000 for projects that are larger in scope and benefit more seniors over a longer period of time. As highlighted in Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, new investments in the Seniors Community Grant program will allow it to further expand and reach more seniors across the province.

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 is investing up to $4.1 million to support up to 246 projects through the Seniors Community Grant program. With today’s announcement, the total investment in the program is now up to $11.8 million, benefitting approximately 500,000 seniors across the province.


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