Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and AbilitiesApril 7, 2021
Province’s investment will help people participate and stay connected to their neighbourhoods in North Bay
NORTH BAY – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced an investment of $17,500 for The City of North Bay through the Inclusive Community Grant Program. This project will enable The City of North Bay to install and implement a “Bench Dedication Program” that will provide 9,000 older people and people with disabilities an opportunity to have access to rest areas in the City.
“Inclusive Community Grants projects are a great way for our local projects go from idea to reality, here in North Bay said MPP Vic Fedeli. “I congratulate all grant recipients and I want to thank municipalities and community organizations for their ongoing support and partnership during these challenging times.”
“The City of North Bay recognizes the importance of ensuring that seniors and people with disabilities in our community are able to remain active,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “We’re pleased that the Ontario government is providing this support to assist in our efforts to make our City safe and accessible for everyone.”
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.
The program is part of the government’s plan to help older adults and people with disabilities become more active in their local communities.
- 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.