Ontario Investing in Seniors and Community Well-Being in Sault Ste. Marie
November 15, 2019
Sault Ste. Marie – Today, Ross Romano MPP for Sault Ste. Marie was at the Senior Citizen’s Drop-in Centre to announce $105,454 for the Seniors Active Living Centre programs in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment is part of the $14.1 million in total funding for 2019/2020 to support more than 300 Seniors Active Living Centre programs in communities across the province.
“Making investments in programs and services for our seniors that support their health and well-being is becoming more and more important in places like Sault Ste. Marie,” said Romano. “Not only do these programs provide opportunities for seniors to engage in many social activities, but also promote living an active and healthy life-style.”
Seniors Active Living Centre programs support over 100,000 seniors across the province, and this funding will provide a variety of programming and activities to help seniors stay active, socially engaged, safe, and healthy. This is especially important given that about 30 per cent of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.
“Our government made a commitment to protect what matters most to the people of Ontario. Today’s announcement not only supports our seniors today, but is an investment into all of our futures,” continued Romano. “Places like the Seniors Drop-In Centre do incredible work within the Sault, and I look forward to seeing all the great programing and services they provide in our community.”.
• Seniors Active Living Centre programs are community-based and promote wellness and social interaction.
• 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.