Seniors are a growing segment of our population:
The aging of the population in Canada will accelerate between 2010 and 2031, the period during which all baby boomers will reach age 65. Population aging will continue after 2031, but at a slower pace.
Today, one in seven Canadians is aged 65 or over. By 2036, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior.
Source: “Population projections: Canada, the provinces and territories, 2013 to 2063,” The Daily, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
What does Guelph have to offer Seniors?
The GWSA partners with the City of Guelph in the operation of the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre and other locations across the City. The GWSA makes available organized programs, activities, services, special events and public interest forums.
Our Visiting Library Service, provides complimentary delivery of library materials to people who are unable to visit the library in person due to a physical or visual disability, or long-term illness.
The Guelph Public Library brings the Bookmobile to you. It visits many seniors residences including: The Elliot Community, Guelph Lake Commons Senior Residence, Riverside Glen, Royal on Gordon, St. Joseph’s Health Centre & Apartments, Stone Lodge and the Village of Arbour Trails/Arboretum.
40 downtown businesses honour seniors (60+ years of age, however it is at the discretion of each business. ) in this once-a-month promotion by offering them 15% off their purchase or meal.
Seniors’ Day discount cards can be picked up at any participating business or at the Downtown Guelph Business Association.
Seniors Engaged.ca makes it easy for seniors in Guelph & Wellington County to engage in their community in meaningful ways. On this website you can search for opportunities to volunteer, or find out about community services in the area.
The affordable bus pass is a lower-cost pass to help low-income individuals get around Guelph using public transportation. This program aims to make getting around and connecting with the community more affordable. Seniors living in low-income households are encouraged to apply.
Programs and activities for Seniors – Download the Guelph Community Guide or pick it up at several locations in Guelph, including Guelph Public library branches, community and recreation centres. The City also offers a Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) program which provides access for qualifying seniors that meet the same low-income cutoffs established by the affordable bus pass.
Other recreational and educational opportunities are available through: