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Ontario Investing in Inclusive and Accessible Communities

TORONTO — Ontario is investing $750,000 to help communities across the province become more inclusive and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Applications for the next round of Inclusive Community Grants opened today. These grants provide successful municipalities, non-profit community organizations, and Indigenous communities with up to $60,000 for a local project that will help older residents and people with disabilities participate in community life. This year, Ontario will prioritize projects that support under-served communities and those that address COVID-19-related challenges.

“Our communities are made stronger when we ensure everyone is included in community life,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “That’s why I’m proud to announce the launch of the latest round of funding for Inclusive Community Grants, which will help communities across the province design and implement community-based projects to meet the needs of seniors and people with disabilities.”

“This funding opportunity will contribute greatly to enhance inclusivity and accessibility for everyone; I encourage local groups to apply,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.

The Inclusive Community Grants program was created in November 2020 and funding from the first round went towards projects such as:

  • Making public buildings and outdoor spaces more accessible in 13 rural communities across the Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes region
  • Developing culturally appropriate age-friendly community resources for Haudenosaunee Elders at Six Nations Health Services
  • Addressing the emerging needs of older adults in light of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Lakehead Social Planning Council in a partnership with Centre Francophone de Thunder Bay and Pride Thunder Bay.

Applications for Inclusive Community Grants are now open and available at Ontario.ca/GetFunding. Eligible organizations will have until March 3, 2022, to submit their applications.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is investing $750,000 to support community-based projects as part of the 2022-23 cycle of the Inclusive Community Grants program.
  • Inclusive and Age-Friendly Communities work to promote accessibility, safety and active living for people of all ages and abilities.

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