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Social isolation and loneliness affect more than one million older Canadians. Loneliness and social isolation foster serious social, mental and physical health challenges and a significant reduction in quality of life for older people and for their caregivers and communities.

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Seniors Can! (Aînés Debout!) is a national grant program designed to help low-income seniors across Canada avoid isolation and loneliness and to engage more fully with their communities. Through the generous support of the Founding Program Partner, Seniors Can! provides grants of up to $2000 through partnering charitable agencies to seniors for mobility and communication enhancing equipment as well as funding for social and wellbeing-promoting activities or programming, including transportation to these activities. Seniors Can! also provides grants to our partner agencies for innovative and creative programming addressing isolation and loneliness among seniors.

Seniors Can! Emergency Relief

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HelpAge Canada has expanded the Seniors Can! program to include a fourth grant: The Emergency Relief Grant. Partner agencies may access grants of $2000 repeatedly in support of emergency efforts to provide Isolated Seniors with access to food, medications, hygiene products and personal care. The grant also allows for support for staff and volunteers who are facing increased stress and difficulty serving seniors in their care.

Let a Canadian Senior know they are not alone!

We are proud to partner with the following local community agencies who are working tirelessly to provide much needed support to Canadian seniors. THANK YOU!

  • Kerby Centre, Calgary, AB 
  • West End Seniors’ Network, Vancouver BC 
  • Glace Bay Food Bank, NS 
  • Yellowknife Seniors’ Society, NWT 
  • Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, ON 
  • Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, ON 
  • West Neighbourhood House, Toronto, ON 
  • St Matthew’s House, Hamilton, ON 
  • PAS de La Rue, Montreal, QC 
  • Jimmy Pratt Memorial Outreach Centre, St Johns NL
  • Seniors Serving Seniors, Victoria, BC 
  • NorWest Co-op Community Health, Winnipeg, MN 
  • Le Centre Almage Communautaire Pour Personnes Agees, Montreal, QC 
  • Buranby Neighbourhood House, Burnaby, BC 
  • Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society, Vancouver, BC 
  • Saskatoon Service for Seniors, Saskatoon, SK 
  • Spence Neighbourhood Association Inc., Winnipeg, MN 
  • Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre, Winnipeg, MN 
  • Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, Lumby, BC 
  • Marlene Street Community Resource Centre, Winnipeg, MN 
  • Carrefour Montrose, Montreal, QC 
  • Fredericton Meals on Wheels, Fredericton, NB 
  • Twin City 50+ Seniors Club, Labrador City, NL 
  • Schubert Centre, Vernon, BC 
  • Seniors Service Society, New Westminster, BC 
  • SAGE Seniors Association, Edmonton, AB 
  • The Lighthouse Supported Living, Saskatoon, SK 
  • Saskatoon Council on Aging Inc., Saskatoon, SK 
  • The WoodGreen Foundation, Toronto, ON 
  • Jewish Family Services Ottawa, Ottawa, ON 
  • Cornerstone Housing for Women, Ottawa, ON 
  • Life Unlimited for Older Adults, Redlief Centre, Springdale, NL 
  • Innovation Jeunes (Christian Direction Inc.), Montréal, QC 
  • Vision Gaspe Perce Now, QC 
  • CAMI- Magdalen Islands, QC 
  • South Shore Assistance and Referral Centre- Monteregie, QC 
  • Coasters Association- Lower North Shore, QC 
  • CCS- Montreal Centre West, QC 
  • AGAPE- Laval, QC 
  • REISA- Montreal East,QC 
  • Olde Forge Commuity Resource Centre, Ottawa, ON 
  • the Montfort Renaissance and centre de services Guiges, Ottawa, ON 
  • St Croix Wellness and Renewal Centre, St Stephens, NB 
  • Quebec Community Health and Social Services Foundation, Quebec City, QC 
  • Beth Donovan Hospice, Kemptville, ON 
  • Silver Threads Service, Victoria, BC 
  • Seniors Outreach Services Society, Kelowna, BC 
  • Centre d'action bénévole de la Missisquoi Nord (CABMN), QC
  • Sercovie, QC
  • Centre d'action bénévole du Haut-Saint-François, QC
  • Centre d'action bénévole de la MRC de Coaticook, QC
  • Centre d’action bénévole de Windsor et regions, QC
  • Le P’tit Bonheur de Saint-Camille, QC
  • Aide Communautaire de Lennoxville et des environs, QC
  • A & O: Support Services for Older Adults, MN
  • Les Petits Frères, Montréal, QC

We are grateful to our sponsors: