We are excited to announce the launch of the Seniors Active Living Fairs funding program, supported by the Government of Ontario, Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility!

Call for Applications is Now Open!

Application Deadline:
Wednesday, July 31, 2024, at 5:00 PM EDT. (For fairs taking place by March 16, 2025).

Funding Options:
• In-Person Single-Site Fair Funding: Up to $2,500 for eligible individual organizations.
• In-Person Multi-Site Fair Funding: Up to $2,000 per site for eligible organizations (maximum 3 sites per administration/SALC operator).
• Virtual Fair Funding: Up to $1,000 for eligible individual organizations.

Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible for funding, your organization must:
1. Have been in operation for at least one year at the time of application.
2. Be a current, good-standing member of the OACAO (individual members are not eligible) OR be a Government of Ontario-funded Seniors Active Living Centre (SALC) operator.

Refer to the Seniors Active Living Fairs Funding Guidelines PRIOR to completing the application:
Seniors Active Living Fairs Funding Guidelines
Salon De Vie Active Pour Aines Lignes Directrices Pour Le Financement 

Seniors Active Living Fair Funding Application Overview Webinar:
The OACAO hosted a webinar on Monday, July 8, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. EDT to assist applicants of the Seniors Active Living Fair Funding program in completing and submitting their application forms. To view the recording, please click here.

For questions or to request other application formats, please contact the OACAO at info@oacao.org or toll-free at 1-866-835-7693.

Applications (in English and French):

Each applicant is encouraged to complete an online application.
• Online Application: SurveyMonkey Application Form
• Emailed applications using the fillable PDF application form are also acceptable. Email the application to: info@oacao.org.
Application forms:
In-Person Single-Site Fair Funding Application 
In-Person Multi-Site Fair Funding Application 
Virtual Fair Funding Application 
Chaque demandeur est encouragé à remplir une demande en ligne.
• Application en ligne : Formulaire de demande SurveyMonkey
• Les demandes envoyées par courriel à l’aide du formulaire de demande PDF à remplir sont également acceptables. Envoyez la demande par courriel à l’adresse suivante : info@oacao.org.
Formulaires de demande :
Financement d’un salon de vie active pour aînés en personne sur un seul site
Sites multiples en personne Financement des salons de vie active pour aînés
Financement du salon virtuel de vie active pour aînés


Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility – Supports for seniors

A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors 

The online Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors version (Fall 2022): https://www.ontario.ca/document/guide-programs-and-services-seniors

La version en ligne du Guide des programmes et services pour les aînés (Automne 2022): https://www.ontario.ca/fr/document/guide-des-programmes-et-services-pour-les-aines

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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 over eighteen years, to coordinate the development and operation of Seniors Active Living Fairs (hereafter referred to as “Fairs”) throughout Ontario. We are launching the 2024 – 2025 Seniors Active Living Fairs Funding Program and acknowledge funding from the Government of Ontario.

As we focus on reengaging seniors in their community, adaptability in programming approaches has become essential. Many centres have mastered the virtual program delivery model with strong participation from seniors in their communities; others have shifted towards safe in-person program delivery, or a hybrid model, incorporating necessary health measures as required. With this variety of program delivery in mind, and with funding support from MSAA, we are offering the Seniors Active Living Fairs Funding Program in three formats for 2024 – 2025:
• In-Person Single-Site Funding
• In-Person Multi-Site Funding
• Virtual Fairs Funding
There is limited funding available to fund a set number of projects in each funding formats.

In-person and Virtual Fairs, supported by MSAA and OACAO will provide a great public education forum to reintroduce and reconnect seniors to their Senior Active Living Centre, restoring them as vibrant community hubs. The fairs will showcase programs and service delivery models that the centres have planned to strengthen their communities. It is an opportunity to reconnect seniors to SALCs and get them excited about the next chapter in this journey. In-person Fairs will include a Trade Show as an educational component, highlighting local community services to support seniors as well as the government programs available to them.

Ontario’s seniors have made life-long contributions to Ontario. We know that most seniors want to live healthy, independent lives in their own homes and communities. Seniors also want to remain active and be safe and secure, no matter where they call home. In light of this, Fairs will provide opportunities to support the Government of Ontario’s cross-governmental priorities noted below that will improve the lives of seniors and provide the supports and resources to help them:
1. Continue to live at home and in communities
• Supporting seniors with services and care to enable them to continue to live at home and in their communities.
2. Remain healthy, active and socially engaged
• Remaining active and socially engaged is one of the most important things seniors can do to maintain their independence and quality of life as they age.
3. Be safe and secure
• Promoting the rights of seniors and helping them protect themselves from abuse, including scams (for example, telemarketing, Internet scams) and financial exploitation (for example, misuse of a Power of Attorney, fraud).
4. Participate in the labour market and in the economy as they wish
• Seniors have extensive knowledge, experience and skills, and seniors who are active in the labour force, or as a leader or who volunteers in their communities, make important contributions to the economy and society.

What are Seniors Active Living Fairs?

A Seniors Active Living Fair is a public education initiative, developed in partnership between the OACAO and MSAA. Its objective is to increase awareness about available programs and services for seniors and share knowledge about healthy aging and active lifestyles. This reduces seniors’ social isolation, improves their overall health and wellbeing and helps them maintain their independence. The funding provided by MSAA will help inform Ontario’s diverse seniors, their families and care partners, about the benefits of healthy living and the importance of exercise, nutrition, safety and security.