Pickering maximizes grant program to keep seniors connected to their community

Posted on Friday January 29, 2021

Pickering, ON, January 29, 2021 – The City of Pickering is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Seniors Active Living Centre Grant, funded by the Province of Ontario.  

This grant will support the operation and delivery of innovative and meaningful programs and services to Pickering seniors, hosted out of East Shore Community Centre (ESCC) and George Ashe Library and Community Centre (GALCC).

Participating in available grant programs helps to strengthen ties with the senior levels of government, and enables the City to enhance its service provision while remaining fiscally responsible to residents and businesses. Visit pickering.ca/grants for details.

Grant Summary

The City of Pickering was awarded $42,700 per facility, which will go towards operational costs to support existing programs and services, and $11,314 per facility for special initiatives to enhance the program quality and experience. Special initiatives at ESCC include the purchase of iPads to support program participation from home, as well as a replacement refrigerator for the facility kitchen. Special initiatives at GALCC include the repair of an existing soundboard in the main hall, which will enhance sound quality during programs, and the installation of a new storage unit.

The City is proud to adapt to the unique challenges resulting from the pandemic and continues to serve the diverse needs of its Adults 55 plus community. Visit pickering.ca/Adults55plus for details on virtual fitness, recreation, programs, workshops, and more.


“I speak for all Members of Council, when I say we are appreciative of the Province’s investment in keeping our seniors active and connected to their community. Loneliness and physical isolation can put our older residents in a vulnerable spot, so it is critical that we continue to contribute to a rich quality of life, and nurture our relationships during this trying time.”

- Mayor Dave Ryan
City of Pickering

“It is vital to ensure our seniors have the supports they need to live full, rich and socially active lives, especially during this pandemic. This funding will have a direct and positive impact on seniors in Pickering by giving them an opportunity to take part in virtual programs and services that will help keep them socially connected and healthy. These programs and services support healthy aging and help seniors to live the quality lives they deserve."

- Peter Bethlenfalvy
MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Shauna Muir
Coordinator, Communications | Office of the CAO
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