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  • December 12, 2014

More Support for Peterborough Seniors’ Centres

Elderly Persons Centres Keeping Seniors Connected to Their Communities


November 12 , 2014


Ontario is helping Peterborough area seniors stay healthy, active and connected to their community.


The province is providing a grant of $42,700.00 to both Activity Haven Senior Centre and Mapleridge Recreational Centre.  Elderly Persons Centres (EPC), like Activity Haven Senior Centre and Mapleridge Recreational Centre provide social and recreational programs that promote wellness for seniors and offer them places to gather for activities like fitness classes, computer classes, as well as arts and crafts. This funding will help these centres maintain their operations while creating new program equipment and creating new marketing and promotion activities.


Helping seniors stay active and engaged in their communities is part of the government's plan to invest in people and create greater opportunity for Ontarians around the province.




“Seniors are an important part of our community.  By supporting Centres like Mapleridge Recreation Centre and Activity Haven Senior Centre we can help seniors by providing an environment where they can be social and stay active and healthy.”

— Jeff Leal, MPP


“Activity Haven is very pleased to have the Senior Secretariat, as our go to for any and all our needs for the seniors of people. Activity Haven has built a strong recreation centre for our 50+, as well as opening up our centre to the community for our lunches, and events.”

-       Shirley Shaw, Executive Director Activity Haven


“We are pleased to support the work Elderly Persons Centres do in connecting seniors to their communities. This investment will provide seniors with more opportunities to stay active and engaged.”

— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs


“We are very appreciative for the grant as it will help to keep our organization offering programs and opportunities for adults 50 plus.  This year, the bulk of our special grant will go to improved lighting and security cameras in our parking lot…a move to increase our member safety as they come and go from our new evening programs.”

-       Don Smith, President Mapleridge




  • Activity Haven Senior Centre will also be receiving an EPC Special Grant of $12,230.63
  • Mapleridge Recreational Centre will be also be receiving an EPC Special Grant of $11,062.20
  • 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 providing a total of $11.5M, including almost $1.9 million in Special Grant funding, to 265 Elderly Persons Centres in communities across the province.
  • Elderly Persons Centres serve Ontario seniors in 140 communities.





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