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Scottish Country Dancing Attracting New Members:

Scottish Country Dancing, offered on Fridays at McMartin House (from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.) is attracting new members. For further information on this activity and a couple of other photos, please click on the "Our Activities" tab on our Home Page and locate its description within the listings.

"Elderly Persons Centre"  Legislation to Be Replaced

Proposed Legislation: Seniors Active Living Centres Act

Information from Abby Katz Starr
Assistant Deputy Minister (A), Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat

We would like to tell you about how we are working to help meet the needs of Ontario’s seniors now and in the future though the proposed Seniors Active Living Centres Act.

The new name reflects a new approach to active and healthy aging, with modern provisions that build on the strengths of the EPC program and maintains flexibility, accountability and program clarity that aligns with government direction.

In addition to the renaming, the proposed legislation would if passed:

  • Clarify the mandate  - states purpose of the program is to promote active and healthy living, social engagement, and learning for persons who are primarily seniors by providing them with activities and services;
  • Preserve the strengths of the current legislation by maintaining key provisions such as the program requirement of a minimum 20% municipal contribution;
  • Add flexibility to ensure that the government has the choice to explore program partnerships between EPCs and organizations, in addition to municipalities, in the future; and
  • Move the majority of EPC administrative program rules from legislation and regulation to program guidelines.

A modernized Act and program will not change the current program funding model. It will contribute to better support for seniors and provide a foundation for future investment in the program.

 

Next Steps

Although the legislative process began today with introduction of the proposed bill into the Legislature (what is known as First Reading), the pace, sequencing for each step of the process, and final approval is guided by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Please note, the Government House Leader and not OSS determines the scheduling of debates and votes. Additionally, the option to send the bill to Committee for further input and review is determined by the Legislature.

The bill must complete the entire legislative process in order to be voted on. Only after the bill receives Royal Assent would the law change and the modern Seniors Active Living Centres Act come into force. If you would like to learn more about how a bill becomes law in Ontario please visit the Legislative Assembly website.

Additional Information

To learn more about the review and its outcomes please visit the OSS website. As well, we have provided you with a link to the government’s news release regarding the introduction of the legislation here, and if you wish to view the full text of the legislation please click here.

If you are staff or are involved in governance at an EPC and have questions - please connect with your Regional Advisor.

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