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Ontario’s Resources for Seniors

Healthy Seniors

The Ontario government is ensuring seniors have easy access to the health care services they need to be healthier and stay at home longer.

If you need home care or Long-term Home Care information call 310-2222 or visit: healthcareathome.ca

Ontario Drug Benefit Program (ODB) is available to all Ontario residents with a valid Ontario Health Card who are over the age of 65. Call1-800-267-8097

Assistive Devices Program (ADP) provides support and funding for assistive devices and oxygen and other related equipment for seniors with long-term physical disabilities. Call1-800-267-8097

Retirement Homes Act, 2010. Regulation of the retirement homes sector for the first time in the province’s history and protection through provincial care and safety standards.

If you are a retirement home resident, call the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) at 1-855-ASK-RHRA (1-855-275-7472) to file a report of harm or risk of harm to yourself or to a resident.

The RHRA has created a register with a listing of all homes that have been granted a retirement home licence, or that have applied for a licence.

Find out about the Residents’ Bill of Rights under the Act.

Senior-Friendly Communities

Elderly Persons Centres and Active Living Fairs serve approximately 250,000 older adults at Elderly Persons Centres throughout Ontario. These centres provide a range of services and programs that include recreation, health promotion, wellness, active living and social activities. Click here, contact your local municipality or call 211 to find an Elderly Persons Centre near you.

Ontario Photo Card is a photo ID card for non-drivers, including seniors, providing the benefits of government-issued photo identification. Call 1-800-267-8097

Safety & Security

Guaranteed Annual Income System (GAINS) ensures a guaranteed minimum income for Ontario’s senior citizens by providing monthly payments to qualifying pensioners on top of their federal Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Call 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297)

Ontario Trillium Benefit ensures that low- to moderate-income Ontarians get money every month to help as the bills come in. It combines the Ontario Sales Tax Credit, the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit, and the Northern Ontario Energy Credit. Call 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297)

Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant is a payment of up to $500 to help low-to-moderate income seniors with the cost of property taxes. Call 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297)

Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit is a permanent, refundable tax credit of up to $1,500 per year to help with the cost of making seniors’ homes safer and more accessible. Call 1-866-ONT-TAXS (668-8297)

Filing your personal tax return each year is the best way to ensure that you are getting all of the benefits that you are eligible to receive. To learn more about tax credits you may be eligible for, refer to the General Income Tax and Benefit Package or speak to a Canada Revenue Agency representative about your situation. Call 1-800-959-8281

Make informed choices with your money. Learn more about how to protect yourself when making everyday purchases for goods or services, including dealing with door-to-door sales, cancelling a contract or getting a refund. Call 1-800-889-9768

Emergency Preparedness. Get a checklist to help you build your Emergency Survival Kit for use in an emergency; and sign up for Alerts so you know how to stay safe and keep your loved ones safe when emergency strikes. Call 1-877-314-3723, Toronto 416-314-3723