The Inclusive Community Grants Program provides funding for projects to help ensure local government and community organizations consider Ontarians of all ages and abilities at every stage of community planning and development.

The program provides up to $60,000 in grant funding to eligible applicants for projects that:

  • increase the accessibility of outdoor spaces by making improvements to the built environment to create equitable access to community resources
  • promote accessible housing through projects that result in tangible products
  • make practical, timely improvements to increase accessible housing, outdoor spaces, buildings, and transportation needs

Projects funded through Inclusive Community Grants are led by:

  • local governments
  • community organizations
  • Indigenous communities and/or organizations

How to apply

The applications for Inclusive Community Grants are now closed.

If you have questions about the program, please contact your Regional Development Advisor.

Funding recipients

Since 2020, the Inclusive Community Grants Program has supported 87 projects in communities across Ontario.


A total of 15 projects received an Inclusive Community Grant:
Project nameProject descriptionOrganizationCommunityFunding amount
Upgrade of outdoor accessible pathway lighting at the Dorset Lions ParkThis project will upgrade outdoor lighting within the community’s largest green space to provide older adults and people with disabilities a safe and accessible recreational trail.Township of Algonquin HighlandsAlgonquin Highlands$26,050
Age-Friendly Espanola Action PlanThis project will secure a consultant to complete a needs assessment and develop an Age-Friendly Community Action Plan.Town of EspanolaEspanola$25,000
Accessible outdoor spaceThis project will replace damaged facilities to create more inclusive outdoor space for seniors.Bernard Betel Centre for Creative LivingEtobicoke$60,000
Social inclusion and community togetherness through the development of age-friendly and accessible pathways at Abbey GardensThis project will establish an accessible recreational trail system in Haliburton County at Abbey Gardens for older adults and people with disabilities.Abbey Gardens Community TrustHaliburton County$60,000
YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford Men's ResidenceThis project will impact over 174 older adults by implementing accessibility features in a transitional men’s residence.The Hamilton/Burlington YMCAHamilton$6,000
Norman Park Accessibility Phase IIIThis project will provide a fully accessible nature pathway which will be the only fully accessible park with beach and lake access in the area when complete.Norman Park, City of KenoraKenora$60,000
Accessible park seating in Madawaska ValleyThis project will impact community residents of all ages and physical abilities by installing 16 accessible picnic tables in 7 municipal parks.Township of Madawaska ValleyMadawaska Valley$59,974
Coldstream Conservation Area accessible trail loop projectThis project will build an accessible trail loop of 1100 metres with rest stops and accessible picnic tables.St. Clair Region Conservation AuthorityMiddlesex Centre$60,000
"The Aging in Place" projectThis project will upgrade accessibility features such as walk-in showers, grab bars and raised toilet seats for seniors living at the retirement home.Ivan Franko HomesMississauga$60,000
North Bay shaded and accessible, picnic tables and benchesThis project will allow the City of North Bay to install 7 accessible picnic tables with shade structures throughout city park locations.City of North BayNorth Bay$60,000
Pointe Des Chenes Day Park and Beach — Removing Barriers and Improving Accessibility ProjectThis project will update accessible parking and provide wheelchair access to bathrooms, and access to the water using Mobi mats.The City of Sault Ste. MarieSault Ste. Marie$60,000
Creating an inclusive waterfront in LakefieldThis project will install an assistive kayak launch at Isabel Morris Park and a fully accessible canoe and kayak launch at Lakefield Beach.The Township of SelwynSelwyn$60,000
Dr. Trefry Centre — active seniors outdoor fitness equipment and program transportationThis project will purchase outdoor fitness equipment at the Women’s Institute (WI) Park, benefitting local seniors and people with disabilities.The Township of St. JosephSt. Joseph Township$23,835
City of Greater Sudbury — age-friendly outdoor spacesThis project will allow the City of Greater Sudbury to add 4 new accessible seating structures at parks and recreation spaces.City of Greater SudburySudbury$60,000
Accessible age-friendly sports and recreation activities/programsThis project will introduce 50 new accessible age-friendly sports and recreation activities for 300 local seniors.Township of Tay ValleyTay Valley Township$60,000


A total of 17 projects received an Inclusive Community Grant:
Project nameProject descriptionOrganizationCommunityFunding amount
Elder Park in LefaivreThis project will enable The Township of Alfred and Plantagenet to build an inclusive and accessible elder park at Riverside Park in Lefaivre.The Township of Alfred and PlantagenetTownship of Alfred and Plantagenet$60,000
Mobility Device Charging Stations (Power Up, Ajax!)This project will enable the Town of Ajax to create more accessible and age-friendly spaces through the installation of designated electric mobility charging stations in all publicly accessed facilities and outdoor spaces.The Corporation of the Town of AjaxAjax$15,680
Assigned Seats Are Not Our Style: Sit Anywhere That Makes You SmileThis project will enable the Town of Blind River to purchase an accessible kayak launch, beach access mats, and inclusive picnic tables.The Town of Blind RiverBlind River$32,500
Annie Williams Memorial Park Accessible Pathway ProjectThis project will allow the Town of Bracebridge to install an accessible pathway at the Annie Williams Memorial Park.The Town of BracebridgeBracebridge$60,000
Exploring a Bruce County Senior Home Sharing ProgramThis project will support the County of Bruce to hire a consultant to explore options and opportunities in setting up a Seniors Home Sharing program in Bruce County.The Corporation of the County of BruceCounty of Bruce$60,000
Installation of portable beach mats at Burlington Beachway ParkThis project will enable the City of Burlington to purchase and install portable beach mats to provide a barrier free path of travel to edge of Lake Ontario at Beachway Park.The City of BurlingtonBurlington$30,000
Creating an Inclusive WaterfrontThis project from the Town of Collingwood will create an inclusive waterfront by installing a mobi-mat system and remove all barrier to accessibility to their shoreline.Corporation Town of CollingwoodCollingwood$30,600
Accessibility Renovation to Public WashroomThis project will enable the Dryden Public Library to implement one of their accessibility action plan objectives of creating an accessible washroom.Dryden Public LibraryDryden$60,000
Harbourfront Accessible Independent Navigation SystemThis project will enable the Town of Essex to install new and innovative technology to expand and enhance the safe use of pathways and trails for persons with disabilities.Town of EssexEssex$10,570
Age-Friendly Social Inclusion and Community Support in Gananoque, OntarioThis project will respond to the needs identified through the 2021 Age-Friendly Survey and assessment and Town’s Strategic Plans to prioritize the creation of a dedicated safe space for social, recreation, cultural and educational programs that support the interests and well-being of older adults, seniors and people with disabilities.The Town of GananoqueGananoque$60,000
Accessible Trails for All Ages and All AbilitiesThis project will enable Heartland Forest to upgrade their accessible trails to meet AODA standards.Heartland Forest NatureNiagara Falls$29,500
Respect, Health, and Social Inclusion of Indigenous Elders through Land Based Learning in Rural Eastern OntarioThis project will allow Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa (KNMO) to make crucial upgrades to existing physical structures and build a seasonal tent-style healing lodge on a rural property by the Ottawa River.Kateri Native Ministry of OttawaOttawa$51,000
Killaloe Pathways Park Accessible WashroomsThis project will install an accessible washroom at the Killaloe Pathways Park.The Townships of Killaloe, Hagarty and RichardsTownships of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards$35,000
Pickering Public Library: Making Rural Library Services Accessible in PickeringThis project will fund the installation of a public accessible washroom, increasing the use of library space by older adults and people with disabilities.Pickering Public Library BoardPickering$60,000
Inclusive Communities Create Opportunities for AllThis project will upgrade Public Washroom into an accessible one and build accessible parking spaces at the Municipal Office, as well as install Portable lift device for patrons at the Wyoming Public Pool.The Town of Plympton-WyomingTown of Plympton-Wyoming$37,000
Fully Accessible Forest TrailThis project will construct an accessible trail/pathway, construct an area for educational demonstrations and interpretative signage, construct areas for accessible park furniture (benches, bike racks, picnic tables) and install accessible exercise equipment.Tay Valley TownshipTownship of Tay Valley$60,000
Accessible Public Washroom Enhancements (installation of touchless sinks and toilets)This project from the Township of Tiny will allow the town to make all bathrooms in their municipally-owned public spaces accessible.The Township of TinyTownship of Tiny$57,600


A total of 55 projects received an Inclusive Community Grant:
Project nameProject descriptionOrganizationCommunityFunding amount — Year 1Funding amount — Year 2footnote 1
Refresher Driving Course for Older AdultsDriver education for up to 1500 older adults from 11 rural and smaller urban communities of Chatham-Kent.Active Lifestyle Centre serving the region of Chatham-KentChatham-Kent$19,400.00$29,100.00
Stay ConnectedThis project aims to reduce social isolation among immigrant older adults and people with mental and physical disabilities with limited or no access to the internet through technology training and information sharing.Bernard Betel Centre for Creative LivingToronto$14,800.00$22,200.00
Sound Advice — Community Social Outreach ProjectThis project will be delivered by Canadian Hearing Services to provide both learning and social environments aimed at helping isolated seniors with hearing loss become connected, independent, and confident in their skills.Canadian Hearing ServicesToronto$24,000.00$36,000.00
Le Carrefour des adultes et des Ainés (CAAF) — la nouvelle communauté-amie des ainés/ées de LondonThis project will develop a needs assessment and local action plan to establish a Francophone Age-Friendly community in the London area, prioritizing senior francophone immigrants.Centre communautaire régional de LondonLondon$17,465.20$26,197.80
Promoting Inclusive Communities in the Greater Toronto Area: Focus on East Asian Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities/Special NeedsThis project focuses on East Asian Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities/Special Needs” to create an advisory committee, virtual social connection, virtual health education related to caring for seniors and individuals with disabilities/special needs.Community Family Services of OntarioGreater Toronto Area$24,000.00$36,000.00
Age Friendly Community Strategy and Action PlanThis project will support the County of Grey with the Age Friendly Community Strategy and Action Plan.Corporation of the County of GreyGrey County$24,000.00$36,000.00
Getting to Outcomes: The Hamilton Age Friendly Plan 2020–2026This project will support the development of detailed implementation/action and evaluation plans for the new Age-Friendly Hamilton Plan (2020–2026).Hamilton Council on AgingHamilton$24,000.00$36,000.00
Age-Friendly Community (AFC) for AllThis project will support the development of an Inclusive Age-Friendly Action Plan that will highlight the needs of diverse seniors.Islamic Foundation of TorontoToronto$16,200.00$24,300.00
Update of Thunder Bay Age Friendly Community Plan and Expansion of Community PartnershipThis project will have an impact on francophone, Indigenous and LGBTQ Seniors in the hub of Thunder Bay and it’s 5 surrounding small communities including Fort William First Nation.Lakehead Social Planning CouncilThunder Bay$24,000.00$36,000.00
Senior Ministry and Special Needs Ministry Outdoor SpaceThis project will create a multi-purpose outdoor space to be used by Korean-Canadian Seniors and those with special needs.Light Presbyterian ChurchGreater Toronto Area$24,000.00$36,000.00
Accessibility Assessment for Indigenous Seniors and People with Disabilities in Tiny and Tay TownshipsThis project will enable March of Dimes Canada — Non-profit Housing to deliver an Accessibility Assessment and Action Plan for Indigenous Seniors and People with Disabilities in Tiny and Tay Townships.March of Dimes CanadaTiny and Tay Township$18,000.00$27,000.00
Shining Waters SeniorsThis project will improve the lives of 31,500 seniors in 13 rural communities by making outdoor spaces and public buildings more accessible, providing public washrooms, creating information stations that are accessible and readable.Maryboro Lodge-Fenelon Falls MuseumFenelon Falls$11,948.00$17,922.00
Clarington Charges Forward — installation of charging stations for personal mobility devices in public placesThis project will install 8 accessible charging stations in local parks and along paths and trails in the community.Municipality of ClaringtonMunicipality of Clarington$23,504.00$35,256.00
Increasing social engagement, a sense of belonging and well-being, in older adults and people with disabilities, by enabling access to digital literacy and technology, to keep people connected during COVID‑19This project will promote technology use for older adults, people with disabilities, those with financial challenges, to reduce social isolation, improve inclusion, access to opportunities for social participation, intergenerational connections and an awareness of health and community services.Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres — John Street BranchOshawa$23,176.40$34,764.60
Opening the Door to EveryoneThis project will maximize accessibility beyond the required Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards during the construction phase of the Library’s expansion to provide automatic doors, accessible (CNIB) approved signage, resting benches, a curbside pickup box, an adult change table and automatic workstations.Prince Edward County Public Library and ArchivesWellington$13,400.00$20,100.00
Durham Enhanced Technology and Virtual Learning SeriesThis project will enable the development of a series of learning and public education opportunities as well as increasing accessibility of public transit services for 4,000 older adults and persons with disabilities.Regional Municipality of DurhamRegional Municipality of Durham$24,000.00$36,000.00
Increasing Accessibility in Niagara’s Homeless Serving SystemThis project will increase accessibility in shelters to benefit 500 with disabilities and older adults experiencing homelessness in Niagara Region.Regional Municipality of NiagaraRegional Municipality of Niagara$24,000.00$36,000.00
Increasing Social Participation and access to on-line Programs and Services by examining psycho-social attitudes of seniors which create resistance to learning in the new digital environment.This project will aim to increase social participation and access to on-line programs and services by examining psycho-social attitudes of seniors, which create resistance to learning in the new digital environment. It will have an impact on older adults with all abilities with barriers to learning in digital environment in Rexdale region.Rexdale Community Health CentreToronto$24,000.00$36,000.00
Sho Life Lift Project. Accessibility lift purchase and installation at the Sho Arts Studio facility facing Monmuth RoadThis project will fund installation of an elevator lift to allow access to seniors and persons with disabilities tenants/stakeholders.Sho, Art, Spirit and PerformanceWindsor$24,000.00$36,000.00
Supporting Our Elders yethiya'takenhas ratiksten'okon:'aThis project will enable the Six Nations to best meet the unique cultural and spiritual beliefs and traditions of the Haudenosaunee Peoples. 900 culturally appropriate baskets with resources, and information to equip Elders with knowledge will be prepared and distributed.Six Nations Health ServicesSix Nations of the Grand River$24,000.00$36,000.00
Pivoting the Plan in a PandemicThis project will identify modifications and enhancements to the current Age Friendly Action Plan in response to COVID‑19, will better meet the distinct of diverse seniors.Social Planning Council of OttawaOttawa$23,464.22$35,196.34
The Ramp Project: Fostering Contributions from Older Adults and People with DisabilitiesThis project will fund the installation of six automatic door openers and a commercial grade aluminum access ramp that is in compliance with municipal codes.Toronto Christian Community Church (TCCC)Markham$16,046.80$24,070.20
Farmers’ Market Washroom Accessibility RetrofitsThe project will include the design and construction of new gender neutral, accessible washrooms at the Brantford Farmers’ Market.The City of BrantfordBrantford$24,000.00$36,000.00
Hearing Loop Installations for Burlington Recreation FacilitiesThe project, “Hearing Loop Installations will set a new standard of accessibility in 8 high priority recreational facilities.The City of BurlingtonBurlington$23,880.00$35,820.00
Age-Friendly Dryden Action PlanThis project will complete a needs assessment and develop an Age Friendly Action Plan for the City of Dryden.The City of DrydenDryden$24,000.00$36,000.00
Accessible picnic tables, more benches, and charging stations for electronic mobility devicesThis project will allow the City of Elliot Lake Centre to deliver the “Accessible Picnic Tables, More Benches, and Charging Stations for Electronic Mobility Devices’ initiative.The City of Elliot LakeElliot Lake$24,000.00$36,000.00
Revised: Greater Sudbury’s Action to An Age Friendly Community: Pillar 1: Outdoor and Public SpacesThis project will allow the City of Greater Sudbury to install park benches in 17 outdoor playgrounds and trails for resting points for older adults and persons with disabilities.The City of Greater SudburySudbury$24,000.00$36,000.00
Norman Park Accessible PathwayThis project will enable the City of Kenora to continue accessibility upgrades to Norman Park.The City of KenoraKenora$24,000.00$36,000.00
Age Friendly London Caregiver Strategies ProjectThis project will implement and enhance the Regional Geriatric Program Ontario’s (RGPO) Caregiving Strategies online course to provide technology coaching to seniors.The City of LondonLondon$5,520.00$8,280.00
Bench Dedication ProgramThis project will enable The City of North Bay to install and implement a “Bench Dedication Program” that will provide 9,000 older people and people with disabilities an opportunity to have access to rest areas.The City of North BayNorth Bay$7,000.00$10,500.00
Orillia Age-Friendly Community Needs Assessment and Action PlanThis project will help the City of Orillia to complete an Age-Friendly Community Needs Assessment and an Action Plan.The City of OrilliaOrillia$16,800.00$25,200.00
Evaluating Age-friendly Peterborough Community Action PlanThis project “Evaluating Age-friendly Peterborough Community Action Plan” will recruit older adults and Trent University Students, (instead of hiring a consultant) to complete an evaluation on the current Age-Friendly Plan.The City of Peterborough Social Services DivisionPeterborough$21,400.00$32,100.00
Inclusive Age-Friendly Community Outdoor HubThis project will enable the City of Sault Ste. Marie to implement the Inclusive Age-Friendly Community Outdoor Hub project.The City of Sault Ste. MarieSault Ste. Marie$24,000.00$36,000.00
Lambton County Older Adult Care PathwayThis project will aim to increase awareness of available community services, engage older adults and key service providers to identify opportunities to improve current referral processes in social and community services.The Corporation of the County of LambtonCounty of Lambton$24,000.00$36,000.00
Addition of Age-Friendly Fitness Equipment at a Neighbourhood ParkThis project, named Addition of Age-Friendly Fitness Equipment at a Neighbourhood Park, will enable the Town of Ajax to add age-friendly fitness equipment to public spaces.The Corporation of the Town of AjaxAjax$13,970.32$20,955.47
Expansion of Accessible Senior Friendly Community TrailThis project will create an accessible trail used by over 1,600 residents, impacting seniors 65+, Francophones and other residents of rural communities near the French River region.The Municipality of French RiverMunicipality of French River$20,000.00$30,000.00
Middlesex Centre Age Friendly Community Action PlanThis project will enable The Municipality of Middlesex Centre to develop a “Middlesex Centre Age Friendly Community Action Plan”.The Municipality of Middlesex CentreMunicipality of Middlesex Centre$17,200.00$25,800.00
The St-Charles Age-Friendly Visiting and Telephone Reassuring ProgramThis project, called ‘Age-Friendly Visiting and Telephone Reassuring Program’ will create a unique call center for seniors to access information on essential services such as meal delivery, IT assistance and indoor-outdoor maintenance support.The Municipality of St. CharlesMunicipality of St. Charles$24,000.00$36,000.00
Kirby’s Beach Accessibility ProjectThis project will allow the Town of Bracebridge to undertake “Kirby’s Beach Accessibility Project” which will construct an inclusive playground and accessible pathway.The Town of BracebridgeBracebridge$24,000.00$36,000.00
Gananoque Age Friendly Community Needs Assessment and Action Plan DevelopmentThis project will fund a feasibility study/needs assessment toward developing an action plan for Gananoque to be an Age Friendly Community.The Town of GananoqueGananoque$17,523.07$26,284.61
Port Sydney Beach Accessible Ramp InstallationThe project will allow the Town of Huntsville to install a 50 metre accessible ramp and mobility mats to allow persons with disabilities and those with mobility issues to access the beach and water area.The Town of HuntsvilleHuntsville$24,000.00$36,000.00
Age-Friendly Whitby Action Plan Evaluation and Expansion of Social Inclusion ProgramsThis project will enable the Town of Whitby to conduct an evaluation of their 2017 Age-Friendly Action Plan.The Town of WhitbyWhitby$24,000.00$36,000.00
AFC Needs Assessment and Action Plan DevelopmentThis project will enable the small rural Township of Black River-Matheson (Black River) to develop a "Needs Assessment and an Action Plan" as a preliminary step in their efforts to become a designated Age-Friendly Community.The Township of Black River-MathesonTownship of Black River-Matheson$24,000.00$36,000.00
Pickle Lake Social Inclusion Action Plan and Food Delivery Demonstration ProjectThis project will develop an Age Friendly Community Plan for Pickle Lake, benefitting Indigenous Seniors.The Township of Pickle LakeTownship of Pickle Lake$24,000.00$36,000.00
Stirling-Rawdon Facility Accessible upgrades and outdoor improvementsThis project will install power doors, provide a hearing centre and add accessible washroom facilities and fitness stations to the recreational trail system.The Township of Stirling-RawdonTownship of Stirling-Rawdon$24,000.00$36,000.00
Implementing Tay Valley Township’s Age Friendly Community Plan through Co-housing, Communication and Inclusion: Affordable, Accessible and COVID‑19-friendly Actions for Elder Independence in our Rural CommunityThis project will aim to develop a plan for an innovative co-housing initiative.The Township of Tay ValleyTownship of Tay Valley$21,615.60$32,423.40
Improving Online AccessibilityThis project will help The Township of Tiny, which is designated under the French Language Services Act, to make their website AODA-compliant and translatable.The Township of TinyTownship of Tiny$22,880.00$34,320.00
Providing accessibility and inclusion to Quaker Common TrailThis project will aim to make 70 older adults and people with disabilities more active by widening and paving the Quaker Common Trail.The Township of UxbridgeUxbridge$24,000.00$36,000.00
Whitewater Seniors Home Support Satellite PilotThis project will create 75 social connections and providing 40 improvements to accessibility for older people and people with disabilities.The Township of Whitewater RegionTownship of Whitewater Region$24,000.00$36,000.00
Toronto — South Asian Wellness ProgramThis project will develop an age friendly advisory committee and plan specific to the local immigrant senior population.Toronto — Malayalee SamajamToronto$23,926.40$35,889.60
Town of Amherstburg Inclusive Community Grant SubmissionThis project will assist the development of an Age Friendly Community strategy.Town of AmherstburgAmherstburg$24,000.00$36,000.00
Enhancing Accessibility and Public Safety at the Nick Smith CenterThis project will Enhance Accessibility and Public Safety at the Nick Smith Center.Town of ArnpriorArnprior$23,712.00$35,568.00
Increasing Accessibility in Cobourg’s Downtown CoreThis project will hire one person with a disability and/or a senior as Project Assistant to increase civic engagement, build awareness of the need to increase accessibility and improve the built environment in the downtown core.Town of CobourgCobourg$24,000.00$36,000.00
Public Spaces Accessibility Upgrades ProjectThis project will provide support to complete 44 accessibility upgrades at 10 facilities.Town of LincolnLincoln$24,000.00$36,000.00
Town of Penetanguishene — Age Friendly PlanThis project will help the Town of Penetanguishene to complete an Age-Friendly Plan.Town of PenetanguishenePenetanguishene$15,719.05$23,578.57