Ontario Investing in New Local Programs for Peterborough County

New Seniors Active Living Centre program keeping seniors fit, active and socially connected plus new kayak and canoe launches for people of all abilities

NEWS                                                                                                                    March 14, 2024

Peterborough County — Today, Ontario announced two new investments in Peterborough County to improve quality of life and build community engagement.

“This is an exciting day for everyone in Peterborough County,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Both projects will help people of all abilities stay active and close to home so they can continue to live healthy and independent lives.”

First, the province announced an Inclusive Community Grant of up to $60,000 to the Township of Selwyn to install an assistive kayak launch at Isabel Morris Park and a fully accessible canoe/kayak launch at the Lakefield Beach. This project will help people of all abilities, including seniors and people with disabilities.

“Those with disabilities and limited mobility are often faced with obstacles or unwelcoming environments when they try to use outdoor spaces. This grant will allow individuals to have access to waterfront that will enable them to enjoy activities with their friends and families for years to come.” said Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha

“There remain considerable barriers to participation in recreation and cultural activities for people with disabilities,” said Sherry Senis, Mayor of Selwyn Township. “This is also true for seniors, people with limited mobility, and/or health-related issues. To achieve inclusivity for all, parks and recreation services must be accessible to residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. This is a goal that the Township strives towards.”

The province also announced it is adding a new Seniors Active Living Centre (SALC) Program to Havelock. The new Havelock Seniors Club SALC program offers seniors from the entire region the opportunity to stay fit, active healthy and socially connected through various activities.

“The funding the Havelock Seniors Centre that will enable seniors to enjoy activities with their friends that will help reduce social isolation and provide them with the means to stay active and engaged.” Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough- Kawartha added.

“This is great news and a very big deal for Havelock-Belmont-Methuen seniors! The Senior Active Living Centre funding provided to the Havelock Seniors Club will help to better connect seniors with programs and services in underserved areas within HBM township through community partners like the Havelock Center, Cordova Mines Recreation Association, and Havelock Royal Canadian Legion Branch 389, to name just a few,” said Jim Martin, Mayor of the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen.                                                                              

The Ontario government remains committed to expanding access to programs and services for older adults and people with disabilities that responds to their diverse range of needs, cultural backgrounds, interests and abilities.  

  ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Inclusive Community Grants Seniors Active Living Centres Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors  


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