Supports for Seniors
The Government of Ontario is:
- Investing $5 million dollars and the Government of Canada is investing $9 million that will help to coordinate subsidized meals, medicine and essential item deliveries to seniors.
- Investing over $85 million to provide more physicians & nurses to rural and northern Ontario and enable physicians to conduct video, email and phone visits.
- Seniors Home Safety Tax Credit: To help our seniors age in place, we have allocated $30 million to help fund a tax credit of up to 25% on home renovations designed to keep seniors in their homes up to a maximum of $10,000. This benefit applies to homeowners who have a senior living with them as a primary resident. To claim the tax credit, seniors or their family members should get receipts from suppliers and contractors, helping to ensure that vendors report these amounts for tax purposes. Check back soon for more information.
- Budget investments towards building new homes and adding additional beds: The 2020-2021 budget has allocated $1.75 billion to quickly construct new long term Care Homes and build additional beds for those already serving our seniors.
- Investing $243 million to long-term care homes to support 24/7 screening, adding staff to support infection control and purchase additional supplies.
- Reducing minimum withdrawals for Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by 25% for 2020 in recognition of volatile market conditions and the impact on many seniors’ retirement savings.
The Government of Ontario is partnering with SPARK Ontario to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self-isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Volunteer organizations can visit www.sparkontario.ca to post volunteer opportunities available in their communities. The needs of each community vary, but groups across the province are looking for volunteers to help deliver food or medicines, run errands or check-up on seniors and the most vulnerable by phone or email while they self-isolate.
Ontarians interested in volunteering are encouraged to check the website for opportunities to make a difference where they live.
Ontario Community Support Program
The Ontario government is investing $11 million to help deliver meals, medicines and other essentials to those in need.
The province is working with the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) to launch a new Ontario Community Support Program to expand existing Meals on Wheels services to reach low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario. The program will also develop the capacity of community organizations and others to help deliver medication and other essentials.
To identify a Meals on Wheels provider in your local community and request service, visit the link below.
Those without Internet access or who require service in a language other than English or French can dial 211 or 1-877-330-3213 (toll free). TTY service is also available by calling 1-888-340-1001.
The Ontario Caregiver Organization has launched a new portal to connect individuals who need assistance with the organizations who can provide it in their community. This can include help with pick-up and delivery of groceries, medications, and meals, as well as friendly phone calls and mental health support, among other services.
Long Term Care Homes can also use this portal to locate community-based organizations who are collecting personal protective equipment, as well as technological devices to help keep residents connected.
Organizations who offer these services can register themselves on the portal so that they can be easily found by those that need their help.