MPP Kevin Flynn confirmed today the Ontario government’s continued investment in seniors in Oakville to ensure they remain healthy, active, and safe within the community. At today’s announcement, MPP Flynn stated that three seniors centres in Oakville will receive nearly $125,000 in funding as part of the government’s $11.5 million investment in Elderly Persons Centres (EPC) program for 2016-2017.
The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat has approved funding for the following centres in Oakville:
“Seniors are important members of our community and providing age-friendly programs and facilities so they can lead healthy, active lives benefits us all,” stated MPP Flynn. “Our government is pleased to continue to provide funding to the Town of Oakville to help meet the needs of our seniors, in a welcoming and safe environment.”
“Encouraging engaged, active and aware living for residents of all ages is a key part of our livable Oakville vision,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “These contributions from the Province help Oakville run centres that offer high-quality services and programming for our senior residents.”
There are 263 EPCs across Ontario, supporting more than 100,000 seniors per year, with a range of activities such as fitness and cooking classes, fall prevention training, and transportation services, to name a few.
The EPC program review done last year provided valuable information to guide Ontario’s Seniors’ Secretariat into the future. Earlier this year, the Seniors Active Living Centres Act, 2016 was introduced in the Legislature, and if passed, will keep seniors healthy and socially engaged, give the program more flexibility to be responsive to the needs of local seniors by cutting red tape, and reaffirm the valuable partnership that EPCs currently have with local municipalities, while enabling the centres to develop future partnerships.
Keeping seniors engaged is part of the government’s plan to help seniors stay active and safe in their communities.
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