Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities

Published on April 06, 2021

Joined by Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park (right), MPP Cho congratulates Akbar Warsi (centre), President of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, on receiving the Inclusive Community Grant recipient

Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities

Province’s investment will help people participate and stay connected to their neighbourhoods in Scarborough North

Scarborough North — The Ontario Government is investing $2.9 million through the Inclusive Community Grants program to support 55 diverse community projects that will keep people of all ages and abilities healthy and engaged across the province. This funding will help municipal partners, Indigenous groups and community organizations strengthen and build more inclusive communities.

“Inclusive Community Grants projects are a great way for our local projects go from idea to reality, here in Scarborough North”, said MPP Raymond Cho. “I congratulate all grant recipients and I want to thank municipalities and community organizations for their ongoing support and partnership during these challenging times.”

Projects being supported by this year’s Inclusive Community Grants include:

  • Islamic Foundation of Toronto
  • Malayalee Samajam Toronto

“These projects will make a huge difference in the quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Through the Inclusive Community Grants we are taking steps to ensure that municipalities and local organizations are able to make our communities more inclusive and accessible – it’s a great example of what we can achieve when we work together!”

Municipalities and local organizations across Ontario can receive up to $60,000 through Inclusive Community Grants for projects that foster inclusive community involvement for older adults and people of all abilities, using the province's age-friendly community planning guide.  

The program is part of the government’s plan to help older adults and people with disabilities become more active in their local communities.

QUICK FACTS

  • Fifteen per cent of Ontarians have a disability and this number will increase as the population ages.
  • By 2023, there will be 3 million Ontarians over the age of 65 – older adults are the province’s fastest growing demographic.
  • Inclusive and Age-Friendly Communities work to promote accessibility, safety and active living for older adults and people with disabilities.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

MPP Raymond Cho, along with MPP Vijay Thanigasalam (top right corner), made the Inclusive Community Grant announcement to the Board Directors of the Malayalee Samajam Toronto.