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Project Overview and Background
The Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) has been gratefully partnering with the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility (MSAA) on a contractual basis, for fifteen years, to coordinate the development and operation of Seniors Active Living Fairs throughout the Province of Ontario.
The MSAA and OACAO supported Seniors Active Living Fairs will provide a great public education forum to reintroduce and reconnect older adults to their Senior Active Living Centre and bring them back up to the vibrant community hubs that they were pre-pandemic. The Fair will showcase the hybrid models that centres have planned to achieve for their reopening status. A perfect opportunity to reconnect with members and get them excited about the next chapter in this pandemic puzzle. They will include an educational component highlighting local community services to support seniors as well as the government programs that they are entitled to.
The Fairs can provide opportunities to support Ontario’s cross-governmental seniors’ strategy identified by four pillars and priorities:
- Aging at home and in communities
- Being safe and secure
- Remaining healthy, active, and socially engaged
- Participating in the labour market and economy as they wish, including through networking and volunteering.
What are Seniors Active Living Fairs?
A Seniors Active Living Fair is a public education initiative, developed in partnership between the OACAO and MSAA, with a focus on activities that reduce social isolation, support seniors’ mental health, promote active and healthy living, offer social engagement opportunities, highlight partnerships, independence and learning for seniors, and family members and care partners are encouraged to participate. Fairs are accessible and bring much needed awareness to programs and services available to seniors across Ontario.