Keeping Seniors Healthy, Safe and Active in Northumberland

Published on October 30, 2019

More Community Support for Seniors Across the Province


Port Hope, ON — Ontario is committed to helping seniors stay healthy, safe and socially connected within their own communities. Many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.

That is why our government is investing $3 million in more than 260 projects that will benefit seniors in Port Hope and other communities across the province through the Seniors Community Grant Program.

“I would like to congratulate all of the recipients of this year’s program. I am inspired by everyone’s commitment to help keep seniors active and socially engaged in communities across the province. This year’s funding will go a long way in helping seniors to access programs and services where they live," said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Investing in seniors’ health and well-being also helps to keep seniors out of the hospital, reducing strain on the health care system.”

This year’s program better supports the unique needs of seniors living in underserviced rural, remote, multicultural and Francophone communities, including:

  • Initiatives that focus on elder abuse;
  • Programs and services that help prevent social isolation;
  • Increasing accessibility and seniors’ safety; and
  • Activities that help keep seniors physically and socially active.

“I am very excited about the opportunities the Seniors Community Grant Program presents for our community,” said David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland Peterborough-South. “Our government is working hard to protect what matters most to seniors and their families and this funding will go a long way in improving the wellbeing of seniors not just here, but across Ontario. In my own hometown of Port Hope, the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors has been approved for the grant program. I am always thrilled to see provincial efforts benefitting the people of our community. The Cobourg Seniors Activity Centre will also be receiving funding through this program. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this funding will have on our seniors’ health and wellbeing.”



  • The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program opened on May 17, and closed on July 5, 2019.
  • Non-profit organizations received funding between $1,000 and $25,000

to co-ordinate and deliver local supports and programs in communities across the province.

  • The senior population in Ontario is the fastest growing age group. By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65.
  • Active aging brings positive health benefits, including helping to keep seniors out of the hospital.