Ontario keeping seniors safe and socially connected during COVID-19

Funding will provide seniors with additional virtual programming


March 3, 2021

QUEEN’S PARK — Haldimand-Norfolk seniors’ groups are receiving more than $80,000 as part of an Ontario government investment of $14.3 million in 2020-21 to support nearly 300 seniors active living centres.

These programs will deliver new virtual initiatives to help keep seniors safe and socially connected as they continue to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

Cayuga Senior Citizens Drop-In CentreHaldimand County$14,302.00$4,280.62$18,582.62Haldimand-Norfolk
Delhi Township Senior Citizens Club Inc.Norfolk County$10,675.00$0.00$10,675.00Haldimand-Norfolk
Simcoe Seniors CentreNorfolk County$42,700.00$11,314.41$54,014.41Haldimand-Norfolk

“This funding is important to keep seniors connected during COVID-19,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “I encourage all concerned to check out some of these new programs.”

“Given the fact that many seniors have had to self-isolate during COVID-19, it is important that we look to programs that will keep them safe and connected,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Our government’s investment in Seniors Active Living Centres will help older adults stay virtually engaged with their friends, family and communities while combatting social isolation during the pandemic.”

This year’s investment will focus on virtual programs such as teleconferences, online videos, one-on-one phone calls to help seniors stay connected from home, and support projects such as:

  • Seniors’ Centre Without Walls to create interactive telephone-based group programming for socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities
  • Virtual physical fitness programming
  • Online craft programs and delivery of pre-made craft kits to seniors
  • Meal programs ranging from curbside pick up to door-to-door deliveries
  • Online educational programs such as tax clinics, technology assistance, health and wellness, and COVID-19 information

This year’s ongoing funding has supported the application of safety control measures against the spread of COVID-19, and provided more remote and virtual programming. These programs have also provided safe in-person programming when the local public health unit said it was safe to do so.

The government is committed to the safety and well-being of Ontario’s older adults. Seniors Active Living Centre programs are a key initiative to help older adults stay healthy, active and socially connected within their own communities.


LEARN MORE   Seniors Active Living Centres Seniors Community Grant program Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario     


For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett’s office at 519-428-0446 or [email protected]