Helping seniors live their best lives

Submit your 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 


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

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12 ideas submitted to Seniors

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Senior Housing & Nursing Home

Renovate the Muskoka Regional Centre, Gravenhurst, to accommodate seniors. 62 acres on Lake Muskoka with a large central building that, at one time, housed over 400 patients, plus accessory buildings.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by Hazzaji.

Provide affordable internet access to seniors

Many talented researchers and small businesses are creating digital applications to help seniors living at home. These applications are being appropriately designed with seniors' input and are user-friendly.

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Created on October 16, 2017 by KVC.  2 comments

Utilize existing infrastructure developed by Service Clubs to HOST Seniors Events

utilize """existing infrastructure""" developed by service clubs across the province to host functions for seniors - Clubs like Lions International/Royal Canadian Legion/Shriners/ Moose Lodge/Odd Fellows Int etc etc A

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Created on October 13, 2017 by rjrickclarke.  2 comments

Encouraging healthy lifestyles

Encourage seniors to exercise by offering them a tax credit for gym memberships.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by CIP.  1 comment

Help the Stelco Retirees

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.

Supportive housing for seniors

Our northern rural communities have so many seniors, Most are widowedAnd living on their own.

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Updated on October 17, 2017 by BertJohnson.  2 comments

Back to affordable apartment buildings which housed happy seniors, 1970's to 90's style.

I simply suggest this simple solution to many problems raised about our elderly citizens . In 1972, my mother who had worked hard her whole life , beginning with the care of her 5 siblings after the death of her mother. She was 9.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by Monique Taylor.  1 comment

Exercise and Health

The leading cause of death among seniors is heart disease and related causal factors are smoking, diet and exercise.

The majority of seniors do not participate in any regular physical activity.

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Created on October 16, 2017 by imarygrande.

Sustainable affordable Housing

We have one key problem. We have no affordable housing anymore. In Ontario, we have a speculation property tax. Which means if a developer overpays for a property and redevelop it.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by fmlcoach.  2 comments

Electricity Support living in the old condo apartment buildings of Toronto

The Problem :

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Created on October 13, 2017 by cold shoulder.