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  • August 10, 2017

More Support for Northumberland Seniors’ Centre

Elderly Persons Centres Keeping Seniors Connected to Their Communities

Ontario is helping Northumberland seniors stay healthy, active and connected to their community.

The province is providing $57,700 to support The Ruth Clarke Activity Centre. Elderly Persons Centres, like the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre provide social and recreational programs that promote wellness for seniors and offer them places to gather for activities like fitness classes, computer classes, as well as arts and crafts.  This funding will provide staff support, an electronic membership system to track and monitor participant Information, facility way finding signage and fitness program equipment supports.

Helping seniors stay active and engaged in their communities is part of the government's plan to invest in people and create greater opportunity for Ontarians around the province.


“The Municipality is thrilled to be a recipient of the 2017-18 Elderly Persons Centre funding and the Special Grant funding provided by the Provincial Government,” said Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “This funding contributes to the operations and programming at the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors, a fundamental resource for seniors in our community.  We will continue to serve our older populations and promote an active and healthy lifestyle, an objective that is part of our Community Strategic Plan.”

—    Bob Sanderson, Mayor, Municipality of Port Hope

“Seniors are an important part of Northumberland-Quinte West.  I’m very pleased to see our government supporting the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre to help seniors be active participants in our local community.”

—      Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West

“Elderly Persons Centres (EPCs) like the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre are not just facilities – they are vital community spaces that help seniors stay healthy, active, and engaged. Seniors have contributed to their communities throughout their lives and Ontario is proud to support seniors in their communities.”

— Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors’ Affairs


  • § By 2016, for the first time, people over 65 will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.
  • § Ontario is providing a total of $11.5M, including almost $1.9 million in Special Grant funding, to 265 Elderly Persons Centres in communities across the province.
  • § Elderly Persons Centres serve Ontario seniors in 140 communities.


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Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West




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