A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario

By: Peter Tabuns  09-12-2011

The Seniors’ Secretariat is committed to improving seniors’ quality of life, and educating seniors, their families, caregivers, and colleagues about program and services for seniors.

The Secretariat has developed A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario to bring together in one document the wealth of programs and services provided to Ontario seniors by the government, as well as by community organizations and service providers.

This Guide has been developed in consultation with both provincial and federal government ministries, major seniors' organizations and service providers and members of the Ontario Seniors’Secretariat Seniors Liaison Committee. The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat wishes to acknowledge the many hours spent by staff, ministry officials and seniors themselves in helping to review and edit the Guide to ensure the Guide's relevance and accuracy.

Staying in Your Home

The Home Adaptation for Seniors’ Independence Program helps homeowners and landlords pay for minor home adaptations (e.g. handrails, grab bars) that will allow low-income seniors to stay longer in their own homes.

The Emergency Repair Program helps low-income homeowners or occupants in rural and remote areas for emergency repairs to keep their homes safe.

The Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program helps low income homeowners, or landlords of units occupied by low-income households, pay for repairs to bring their properties up to minimum health and safety standards and/or to modify their homes to make them accessible to disabled persons.

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Caregiver Support

The Government of Ontario has agreed to introduce Legislation that would include similar regulations, penalties, and enforcement of violations, which Eglinton-Lawrence MPP Mike Colle proposed in his Private Members' Bill, Bill 160: Caregiver and Foreign Worker Recruitment Act, 2009. The Government of Ontario has set up a Toll-Free Caregiver Hotline to help caregivers know their rights and to assist them with their concerns.