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Toronto, December 11 (CINEWS): York Region MPPs Helena Jaczek, Chris Ballard, Michael Chan, Steven Del Duca and Reza Moridi are pleased to announce that Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2016 Seniors Community Grant Program to help more of York Region’s senior citizens stay active and engaged in the community.
The province is investing $2 million to support not-for-profit community projects that increase volunteerism, social inclusion and community engagement for seniors. Projects that have previously been funded by the grant program include:
•Programs that enhance financial literacy
•Health and nutrition promotional programs including dance classes for seniors
•Cultural day trips
•Conversational Ojibwe classes for Aboriginal seniors and children.
Launched in 2014, the Seniors Community Grant Program aims to reduce social isolation that can have negative effects on seniors’ quality of life. Since its launch, the program has supported 544 projects, helping close to 116,000 seniors participate in their communities.
Keeping seniors engaged is part of the government’s four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan.