TORONTO — The Ontario Government says it plans to invest $2.9 million through the Inclusive Community Grants program to support 55 diverse community projects, with the goal of keeping people of all ages and abilities healthy and engaged across the province. This funding will support municipal partners, Indigenous groups and community organizations in their efforts to strengthen and build more inclusive communities.
“These projects will make a huge difference in the quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Through the Inclusive Community Grants we are taking steps to ensure that municipalities and local organizations are able to make our communities more inclusive and accessible – it’s a great example of what we can achieve when we work together!”
Projects being supported by this year’s Inclusive Community Grants include:
- Improving accessibility to buildings in 13 rural communities in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
- Accessibility upgrades for public beach access in Kenora
- Establishing an Age-Friendly Francophone community in London
- Wellness outreach and service referrals for rural seniors in Sudbury-St. Charles
- Refresher driving courses for seniors in Chatham-Kent
- Culturally appropriate resources for Haudenosaunee Elders at Six Nations.
Municipalities and local organizations across Ontario can receive up to $60,000 through Inclusive Community Grants for projects that foster inclusive community involvement for older adults and people of all abilities, using the province’s age-friendly community planning guide.