COVID-19 Updates:

  • Community Update

Ontario Providing Additional Support for Seniors

The Ontario government is providing up to $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program, a significant increase over last year. This funding will help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors’ safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly.

The announcement was made today by Premier Doug Ford and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

This year’s grants will range from $1,000 to $100,000 and will fund projects that will:

  • Help older individuals and couples receive the support they need in their community;
  • Ensure seniors are less at risk for neglect, abuse and fraud, and that their rights and dignity are protected​;
  • Ensure more older adults are connected and engaged, reducing social isolation;​​ and,
  • Provide more opportunities for older adults in employment and volunteering, achieving greater financial security and engagement within the community.

In the past, the Seniors Community Grant Program has supported community-based activities like seniors’ fitness classes, lawn bowling, brain fitness activities, multicultural dance, along with a public education and awareness campaign that challenges the myths and stereotypes that portray older adults as frail, out-of-touch, technologically illiterate, and no longer employable.

The application period for the Seniors Community Grant Program is now open and will close on August 7, 2020. Unincorporated and incorporated not-for-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups must submit applications to Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) online at Ontario.ca/GetFunding.

Ontario Provides Stable Electricity Pricing for Industrial and Commercial Companies

The Ontario government is helping large industrial and commercial companies return to full levels of operation without the fear of electricity costs spiking by providing more stable electricity pricing for two years. Effective immediately, companies that participate in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) will not be required to reduce their electricity usage during peak hours, as their proportion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for these companies will be frozen.

Due to COVID-19, electricity consumption in Ontario has been below average and the province is forecast to have a reliable supply of electricity to accommodate increased usage. Peak hours generally occur during the summer when the weather is hot and electricity demand from cooling systems is high.

The government previously announced it was providing temporary relief for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) by deferring a portion of GA charges for April, May and June 2020.