Ontario Keeping Seniors Safe and Socially Connected in Niagara

Published on March 03, 2021

Fonthill - Ontario is working to support the health and well-being of local seniors during COVID-19.  That is why the province is continuing to invest in Seniors Active Living Centre programs in 2020-21, benefitting seniors in Pelham, Grimsby and Lincoln. Seniors Active Living Centre operators will use the funds to help local seniors stay safe and socially connected through virtual and remote programs.

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:

  • Interactive telephone-based group programming for socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities
  • Online educational programs such as tax clinics, technology assistance, health and wellness, and COVID-19 information
  • Seniors' Centre Without Walls programs

"Given the social isolation that COVID-19 has brought to many seniors, 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 ongoing funding has supported the application of safety control measures against the spread of COVID-19 and provided more remote and virtual programming.

"These challenging times have created obstacles for seniors in Niagara from having the quality of life they deserve,” said Sam Oosterhoff, Member of Provincial Parliament for Niagara West.

"That is why our government is investing a total of $151,343 in Seniors Active Living Centre programs in Pelham, Grimsby and Lincoln. Local Seniors Active Living Centre programming will provide support for older adults and their well-being by keeping them active and socially connected within their own communities."

"Seniors seem to have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, from its health effects to intensified isolation," said Vickie vanRavenswaay, Director of Recreation, Culture & Wellness at the Town of Pelham.

"The provincial government's investment in Seniors Active Living Centres, of which the Meridian Community Centre in Pelham is one, is appreciated not just by the seniors who use its services, but also by their families."

The province remains committed to the safety, independence and well-being of Ontario's seniors and supporting Seniors Active Living Centre programs.