BRAMPTON, ON. (June 24, 2011) – In partnership with the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat, the Region of Peel launched the Peel Seniors Portal at an event held today at the Square One Older Adult Centre in Mississauga. The Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, Ontario's Minister Responsible for Seniors, along with Regional dignitaries, residents and community agencies were on hand to celebrate the launch of the online resource for seniors in Peel.
Available at seniorsinfo.ca/en/peel region, the website consolidates Peel-specific resources on seniors' programs and services from Regional and non-government organizations with that of provincial and federal government agencies. Seniors, their families, caregivers and service providers now have centralized access to resources that enhances the quality of life for older adults in Peel.
"Expanding the seniors web portal is key to ensuring seniors are able to easily access government services they need. This is an important step towards helping seniors live in independence," said the Ontario Minister Responsible for Seniors Sophia Aggelonitis.
"We are fortunate to have numerous resources available in Peel but it can be overwhelming to navigate through all the information to access the right program or service," said Carolyn Clubine, Director of Long Term Care, Region of Peel. "I am pleased that the Peel Seniors Portal offers seniors and their families improved access to information all in one spot to help them live safe, active and healthy lives."
Currently, 104,530 seniors live in Peel, representing nine per cent of the total population. It is forecasted that by 2031, adults 55 and over will make up almost 30 per cent (443,000) of Peel's projected population of 1.64 million people. This represents nearly triple the 2001 older adult population in Peel. The Peel Seniors Portal is just one of many Regional initiatives offered to support the needs of this rapidly growing segment of the Peel population.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit peelregion.ca.