Ontario Recognizing the Contributions of Province’s Seniors

Published on June 02, 2021

Helping Older Adults Stay Safe, Active and Connected

TORONTO — Today, Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, issued the following statement:

“Today marks the first day of Seniors Month – a time to honour and appreciate the enormous contributions that older adults have made and continue to make in Ontario.

This year’s theme, ‘Stay Safe, Active and Connected’ focuses on keeping our older adults safe, connected, and engaged at home, and is a good opportunity to raise awareness about the many services available to meet the unique needs of Ontario’s seniors.

To address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government invested more than $60 million in enhanced Infection Prevention and Support measures for licensed retirement homes to keep residents, staff and their families safe.

For seniors living in the community, staying home during the pandemic has led to an increase in social isolation.

Our government is addressing this challenge by strengthening local supports, including $17 million for 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs across Ontario to offer virtual programs.

Our $16 million investment in the Ontario Community Support Program, is supporting deliveries of food, medicine and other essentials to seniors who have been self-isolating.

We are providing more choices for seniors through the launch of the Seniors Home Renovation Tax Credit, delivering a 25% credit on eligible renovation expenses to allow seniors to live independently for longer.

Our communities are strengthened when our older adults stay active and connected locally, and these supports enhance the overall wellbeing and quality of life for our older adults.

The pioneering work of our seniors is one reason we enjoy a high quality of life in Ontario and I encourage everyone to join me in proclaiming June as Seniors Month.

I hope all Ontarians take a moment to thank a senior for their contributions to this great province.”