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North Grenville to focus on programs that enhance life for seniors

It is becoming increasingly difficult for seniors to live on a fixed income. North Grenville Mayor David Gordon says this group will be a priority focus for the new council:

Ontario is accepting applications to help communities address the needs of an ageing population through the new Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program.

Part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors, the Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant program provides municipalities with funding to plan services and programs that help seniors live in a secure environment, enjoy good health and participate more fully in their communities. By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.

Ontario is investing $1.5 million in the Age-Friendly Community Grant Program, which will provide grants of up to $50,000 for seniors, based on the size of the community the plan will serve. North Grenville CAO Brian Carre says we will review the program requirements and consider, from our 2013 Community Strategic Plan, those projects that fit the criteria. The objective for any project will be to ensure we enhance our level of inclusiveness and have our seniors in mind when making that decision.

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