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Seniors Active Living Centres: Program Expansion – Call for Proposals 2017-18

Description

This is a call for proposals to expand the current network of seniors’ centres and the programs that they offer.

The numbers of seniors is growing. Today there are over two million seniors in Ontario and this number is expected to double in the next 25 years. For the first time, there are now more Ontarians over the age of 65 than there are children in Ontario under the age of 15. In 2013, the Government of Ontario released its Action Plan for Seniors, and in 2017 established Canada’s first stand-alone Ministry of Seniors Affairs to further enable its vision to make Ontario the best place to grow up and grow old in North America.

The Ministry of Seniors Affairs is committed to promoting the development of age-friendly communities and programs that acknowledge the contribution of seniors and keeps seniors active, healthy and engaged.

Age-friendly communities are those that have programs and resources in place for seniors to lead healthy, active independent and engaged lives and continue to learn, contribute and be safe. Ontario’s 263 Seniors Active Living Centre programs (formerly known as Elderly Persons Centres) are an important aspect of creating age-friendly social environments that currently serve approximately 100,000 older adults each year.

As a result of the 2017 Ontario Budget, the government announced its desire to expand up to 40 new centres through an $8 million investment over the next three years. This is in addition to the $11.5 million in annual funding that will continue to be provided to the existing 263 programs.

This call for proposals is a significant step to expanding access to programs and services for seniors.

Deadline

December 21, 2017. Note that applications will continue to be accepted after this date, as some organizations and municipalities may need more time to plan for this opportunity. Applicants for the first round of funding will receive a decision regarding their application by early 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Organizations must:

• Be incorporated, operating continuously for at least two years;

• Operate not for profit;

• Have viable governance structure in place, such as a board of directors or elected body, and organizational capacity;

• Be financially viable, provide a prior-year audited statement; and,

• Be generally compliant to all applicable laws, including Ontario Human Rights Code, Ontario’s accessibility laws, building codes, and health and safety, and employment standards.

• Organizations must secure a commitment from the local municipality for a minimum of 20 per cent of the net annual cost of maintaining and operating the program, in cash or in- kind or a combination thereof.

Ineligible organizations include but are not limited to: individuals; for-profit organizations; agencies of the federal or provincial governments; private foundations; private schools; lobbyists; and those in default of any other provincial government grant.

Program Guidelines

Contact

Phone: 1-833-724-4636

Email: SALCSupport@ontario.ca

Last updated: October 31, 2017