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County of Brant receives funding for seniors’ programming

County of BrantCounty of Brant receives funding for seniors' programming

The County of Brant received $24,899.20 from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility’s Seniors Community Grant Program to enhance local seniors’ programs.

“Our government is happy to help the County of Brant deliver fitness and social programs for older adults through the Seniors Community Grant program,” said Raymond Cho, Ontario Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Research shows that keeping fit and socially engaged are positively linked to good health as we get older.”

Like many communities across Ontario, the proportion of older adults in the County of Brant has been increasing significantly over the last decade and is expected to continue at a rapid pace over the next decade.

“I am pleased that the Government of Ontario is supporting the County of Brant with this grant of nearly $25,000.00,” said Will Bouma, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Brantford-Brant. “The County’s Age Friendly Plan is a comprehensive strategy to promote and encourage an active and healthier lifestyle among seniors in the community. Well done!”

In 2021, the County of Brant completed an Age-friendly Plan through consultation with seniors.

“We are grateful to receive this funding. It will allow the County to offer new activities and programs for seniors and older adults such as pickleball, volleyball and disc golf,” said David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant. “We are committed to providing relevant experiences for seniors that support connection and engagement in the community. We strive to create a community that is accessible, engaging and contributes to the quality of life for all residents.”

As well, the County of Brant will purchase digital equipment such as iPads to be used to support virtual fitness classes and offer training workshops on how to use technology. Finally, the funding will be used to produce and distribute an Active Living Guide that will capture local activities and services for seniors, encouraging active participation in the community.

To get involved in activities and programs, visit www.brant.ca/Calendar for a full listing. To view the Age Friendly Plan, visit www.brant.ca/Plans.

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