Apply for Seniors’ grants during June, Seniors’ month

As we celebrate Seniors’ month in June, we should reflect upon the contributions of Ontario's seniors. Seniors built this province, and June is a time to recognize the contributions they have made, and the lives they have impacted – across generations.

Seniors are the fastest growing demographic across the province. At the current rate of growth, by 2023, this population will grow by 700,000 to 3 million seniors. This fundamental change in Ontario’s demographics means new challenges and new opportunities for the province.

We know that seniors want to remain active, live independently at home for as long as they can, work, volunteer, learn, shop or travel. Yet many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.

Aging is about living, and supporting our seniors is about investing in our own futures – everyone should be able to age strong, in an Ontario that is open to all.

This is why “Aging Strong: Respect and Protect” is this year’s theme for Seniors’ Month.

Aging Strong is about embracing seniors’ wisdom, life experiences, and their contributions to their families, communities, and this province. It’s also about aging strong in all areas of their lives – mentally, emotionally and physically.

Our government understands this, and that’s why we are providing core services and programs that matter most to seniors and their families.

In March, we announced that the Markham community will soon see 576 new Long Term Care beds, an increase of 79 per cent of the 728 beds we have currently.

Another recent program our government launched is the $3 million-dollar Seniors Community Grant program.

This program helps thousands of seniors stay active, connected, and healthy by providing grants to non-profit community organizations to deliver local programs. This year’s applications for the program are open until June 27 - visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors-organizations#section-2 to apply for your group.

As part of our government’s commitment to put seniors at the centre of our health care system, we recently announced the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.

This $90 million-dollar investment will help provide dental services to low-income seniors aged 65 and over in Markham-Stouffville who currently do not have benefits.

I’m proud that our community and our government is celebrating Seniors’ Month and protecting what matters most to seniors in Markham-Stouffville by providing the core services and programs they need to be active and socially engaged.

For more information about programs and services for seniors, visit: www.ontario.ca/seniors

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