Ontario To Double Seniors Community Grant Program


Ontario is proposing to help more seniors stay connected to their community by doubling the Seniors Community Grant Program, the province’s first grant program dedicated solely to seniors. 

The Seniors Community Grant Program supports initiatives by not-for-profit community groups that help seniors stay connected, active and involved in their community by encouraging greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement. This could include courses for seniors on financial literacy, computer literacy classes, community events and physical and learning activities such as exercise classes and cooking classes.

Helping seniors stay active in their communities is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.


  • By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.
  • The Seniors Community Grant Program gives out grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to help support initiatives that will allow seniors to contribute to all aspects of community life.
  • The proposed funding would increase the Seniors Community Grant Program from $500,000 to $1 million in 2014-15.


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