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Helping seniors live their best lives

Browse creative ideas to help reduce social isolation for seniors.

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The problem

For the first time in our history, there are more Ontarians over 65 than children under 15. The number of seniors is set to double in Ontario over the next 25 years to more than four million.

Many of today’s seniors lead active and vibrant lives and richly contribute to their communities. However, research shows that one of the biggest risk factors and the leading cause of depression for seniors is social isolation.

According to the National Seniors Council’s recent report on seniors’ social isolation (opens in a new window), in Canada:

  • an estimated 30% of seniors are at risk of social isolation
  • up to 16% of seniors experience social isolation

We want all seniors to feel welcomed, safe and included in their communities.

What ideas or project should we consider to help reduce social isolation for seniors?

Who we're trying to help

We want to help seniors at risk of becoming socially isolated, including those whose:

  • social networks have diminished
  • activity levels may be in decline

We also want to help younger seniors who are currently or will eventually become caregivers (for example, those with aging parents). These younger caregivers also need services and information to keep them active, engaged, safe and learning.

We’re looking for ideas that are:

  • innovative
  • have the potential to build community partnerships
  • benefit seniors over a sustained period of time
  • address the needs of seniors in remote areas
  • address seniors with specialized needs

What we're doing/have done

Promoting age-friendly communities

8 80 cities (opens in a new window), a Canadian not-for-profit organization, believes that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people. That’s why age-Friendly Communities are a top priority. We want to make it possible for seniors and others to access social and physical environments that are:

  • inclusive
  • consider needs based on diversity
  • easy to navigate

56 communities have already received planning grants.

We are also launching an Age-Friendly Community recognition program so communities that have made efforts towards inclusive space and programming for seniors can be acknowledged.

More Seniors Active Living Centres

We:

These centres are local hubs where seniors can continue to learn, volunteer and engage in wellness activities.

Community funding for seniors

In 2014, we launched the Seniors Community Grant Program (opens in a new window) exclusively to help seniors across Ontario.

The fund supports projects to encourage greater social involvement, learning, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors.

Hundreds of projects are now active; impacting the lives of more than 400,000 seniors.

Over the next three years, we will increase funding for the grant program by an additional $11 million.

Safety, awareness and abuse prevention programs

We also partner with:

Learn more

We have a comprehensive guide to programs and services for seniors (opens in a new window) which is available in 16 languages. Use this resource to find information on:

  • tax credits
  • healthcare
  • caregiving
  • housing
  • driving
  • safety

202 ideas submitted to Seniors


Help seniors live with dignity

This idea did not move past government review because it is not solely within the jurisdiction of the Government of Ontario.

We need shared housing for seniors within there community . In residential areas.. small projects maybe only up to 6 people. With municipal tax rebates and hydro rebates too try to allow us to stay in our own homes.

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Created on October 21, 2017 by Susan Gray.  2 comments

Help the Stelco Retirees

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

The hourly workers retired from Stelco have had frozen pensions for years. This limits their ability to absorb the deprecation of their healthcare benefits. One of the items they have lost is eye care support.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by JCook.

Helping families connect children, parents and seniors together

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

We can build some government centers that welcome parents, children and seniors. They will share ideas on their experience while raising up their children and what was the challenges that they faced and how they were able to adapt.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by abrahamsalem.

Helping seniors and students simultaneously.

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Offer students free housing in a seniors' residence and in return the students would spend 30 hours per month with seniors. Chatting, reading, assisting, walking with them, taking them for a walk, playing pool, doing crossword puzzles.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Flo.  2 comments

Home care

This idea did not move past government review because it would exceed $1 million in one-time funding and/or require ongoing funding.

I am asking the gov't to inject much more funding into home care aimed specifically at the senior population. Home care was original designed to provide a service for seniors in order to keep them in the community as long as possible.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Littlemissmuffet.  1 comment

Home help for seniors. Vacuuming and housecleaning.

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Seniors need help with many simple things. Changing a lightbulb, cleaning the bathtub, washing a floor, checking expiry dates on condiments and food in the frig. If you don’t have family then what?

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Updated on October 25, 2017 by TheShadowKnows.  3 comments

Housing for LGBTQ Seniors

This idea did not move past government review because it would exceed $1 million in one-time funding and/or require ongoing funding.

Build an affordable retirement home, ie. rent geared to income, for LGBTQ Seniors in Southern Ontario. Many LGBTQ seniors are forced to go back into the closet when entering a retirement community.

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Created on October 20, 2017 by Datinham.  2 comments

Hydro subsidy, instead of grant program, subsidize seniors hydro costs with 20 % subsidy at age 60

This idea did not move past government review because it would exceed $1 million in one-time funding and/or require ongoing funding.

The single biggest problem facing seniors of which I am, is finding affordable accommodation.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Brian Milne.

Improved home care

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

As someone who works in the home care field, I am acutely aware of the deficiencies in the current system. So many seniors do not get sufficient support that allows them to stay in their homes.

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Created on October 24, 2017 by rbzjx.

Incentives for private sector to partner with govt for urgently needed seniors housing communities

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Immediate creation of a private sector and govt panel to assess the needs of vulnerable seniors in a holistic way.

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Created on October 27, 2017 by Liz Pieper.  1 comment

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