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Local Grant will support Oasis Program in Kingston

Today, MPP Sophie Kiwala announced that Oasis received a $75,000 Seed grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). 

This grant will assist with staffing and equipment costs of workshops promoting grassroots, seniors-led models of supportive living. Building inclusive and engaged communities, this initiative is helping people who are isolated have connections in their community.

 This grant is one of 93 non-profit initiatives that OTF is investing in that will help build healthy and vibrant communities across the province. This funding will help non-profit organizations deliver a broad range of projects that will have a positive impact on people’s lives. 

Investing in local communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

QUOTES  

“Support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation means that local non-profits can continue to deliver initiatives and services that make a real difference in the lives of people right here in Kingston. I am pleased that our government continues to be a proud supporter of this important program.”
Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

“We are fortunate to live in a province of inclusion, innovation and opportunity. Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our government is making important investments that result in real differences for communities across the province.  Today’s announcement will strengthen the social and cultural nature of our diverse communities.” 
Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport  

“This grant provides an exciting opportunity to work with OpenLab, University Health Network, Toronto, to examine similar successful  affordable supportive living models in Canada, developed by seniors who wanted to age safely at home, and, to share this information through workshops and other media.”
-  Christine McMillan, President, Oasis Senior Supportive Living Inc.  

QUICK FACTS

  • Oasis provides affordable retirement-style living within an existing apartment building.
  • It is a not-for-profit organization developed by the Frontenac Kingston Council on Aging and supported by the provincial government through the South East Local Health Integration Network.
  • The program includes three affordable meals a week, free exercise program, organized social programs, and entertainment. This program addresses three of seniors' major concerns: isolation, physical fitness and proper nutrition. 
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • It uses research to guide decision-making and relies on community-based volunteers across Ontario to review applications and guide granting decisions.
  • In addition to its own granting investment strategy, the Ontario Trillium Foundation administers the Youth Opportunities Fund, the Local Poverty Reduction Fund and the one-time Ontario150 Community Capital Program on behalf of the Ontario Government. Learn about the Foundation’s Investment Strategy.

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