The OACAO works closely with the Ministry of Seniors Affairs to administer funding and support for Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs across the province. 60 Fairs will be funding in 2017–2018 and will include 4 Northern Tour Fairs, held in Northern Ontario (organized by the OACAO and the Northern Regions), and 56 Regular, single organization Fairs. All Fairs will take place by March 31, 2018.

The application process is currently closed. Please forward any questions to Shelley Wesseling, Fairs Coordinator.

See below for a complete list of all fairs scheduled to be held before March 31, 2018.
* indicates a Northern Tour Fair

October 24, 2017 Eglinton Hill Centre (EHC) Reconnect Community Health Services Toronto Contact for information
February 8, 2018 Centre Pauline Charron Ottawa Contact for information
November 24, 2017 Life After Fifty Windsor Contact for information
November 29, 2017 Bernard Betel Centre Toronto Contact for information
January 20, 2018 Seaway Senior Citizens Club #1201 Cornwall Contact for information
January 24, 2018 Tillsonburg Senior Centre Tillsonburg Contact for information
January 26, 2018 Fairview Mennonite Home Cambridge Contact for information
January 20, 2018 Alderville First Nation Roseneath Contact for information
February 16, 2018 Maple City Centre for Older Adults Chatham Contact for information
February 23, 2018 Horton Street Seniors Centre London Contact for information
March 5, 2018 South Gate Centre Woodstock Contact for information
March 13, 2018 York West Active Living Centre Toronto Contact for information
March 14, 2018 Applegrove Community Complex Toronto Contact for information
March 20, 2018 Central Eglinton Community Centre Toronto Contact for information
March 20, 2018 Rexdale Community Health Centre Toronto Contact for information
March 20, 2018 Square One Older Adult Centre Mississauga Contact for information
March 22, 2018 Square One Older Adult Centre Mississauga Contact for information
March 22, 2018 Renfrew Golden Age Activity Centre Renfrew Contact for information
March 23, 2018 Victoria Park Seniors Centre Fergus Contact for information
March 23, 2018 Rendez vous des aines francophones d'Ottawa Ottawa Contact for information
March 24, 2018 Senior Persons Living Connected-formerly St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Toronto Contact for information
March 28, 2018 Whitby Seniors Services Whitby Contact for information
October 24, 2017 Gloucester Senior Adults Centre Ottawa Contact for information
October 26, 2017 Aging at Home/Viellir chez soi Smooth Rock Falls Contact for information
October 28, 2017 Ingersoll 50+ Activity Centre * Ingersoll 50 Contact for information
November 3, 2017 York Fairbank Centre for Seniors * Toronto Contact for information
November 4, 2017 Seniors Unlimited Club * Batawa Contact for information
November 4, 2017 Municipality of Clarington 55+ Active Adults * Courtice Contact for information
November 8, 2017 Eglinton Hill Centre (EHC) Reconnect Community Health Service Toronto Contact for information
November 17, 2017 Mouvement d'implication francophone d'Orleans * Orleans Contact for information

What are Seniors Information and Active Living fairs?

The Seniors Information and Active Living Fair is a public education initiative, developed in partnership between the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, the funder, to increase seniors awareness about the programs and services to which they are entitled, knowledge on healthy aging and lifestyles and recognition of seniors contributions. There are two components to the fairs: a tradeshow and a series of seminars.

How are they funded?

In partnership with the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario provides funding to OACAO member centres and Elderly Persons Centres to develop, organize and implement Fairs for their specific communities.

The Seniors Information and Active Living Fairs are funded by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs and administered by the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario under the Coordination of Shelley Wesseling, OACAO Fairs Coordinator. Shelley can be contacted at 905-728-2358 or by email.

What kind of seminars take place?

Examples of past seminars include:

  • Advanced Care Planning; Frauds and Scams; Safe Medications; and The Seniors Guide, presented by the Ministry of Seniors Affairs
  • Aging Safely in the New Millennium, presented by Elder Abuse Ontario
  • Get Your Money! – Understanding Ontario’s Tax Credits and Benefits for Seniors, presented by the Ministry of Finance
  • Winter Driving for Seniors’; and The New Senior Driver License Renewal Program, presented by the Ministry of Transportation
  • Interactive and informative sessions on consumer rights and public safety, presented by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
  • Falls Prevention
  • Safe Meds for Seniors
  • Speaking of Bones
  • Out-of-province/country medical insurance
  • Genealogy
  • Nutrition/healthy eating
  • How to get involved in community theatre/choir etc.
  • Drawing classes by local, senior artists

What happens at the tradeshow?

Organizations are provided with a table to provide information and display the services and programs that they provide for older adults in a tradeshow format, along with seminars on various topics of interest to older adults and their families. Participants are encouraged to visit each tradeshow exhibitor to gain knowledge on the services or programs that they provide for seniors in your community.

What kind of organizations participate in the tradeshow?

Examples of organizations that participate in the tradeshow include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Alzheimer Society of Ontario (or other local Society)
  • The Arthritis Society
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Canadian Diabetes Association
  • Canadian Hearing Society
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind
  • Elder Abuse Ontario
  • Home-care agencies
  • Home support services
  • Local Health Integration Network
  • Local service clubs
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Ministry of Consumer Services
  • Ministry of Seniors Affairs
  • Not-for-profit community support organizations
  • Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario
  • OACAO Business Partners
  • Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Organizations and Older Adult Centres
  • Osteoporosis Canada
  • Parks and Recreation Department
  • Police and Fire Departments
  • Public Health Department
  • Public Library
  • Red Cross Society
  • Retirement homes
  • Senior citizens clubs
  • Social housing
  • Specialty health services including vision, hearing and assistive devices
  • Tour and bus companies
  • Victorian Order of Nurses