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Age-friendly transportation grants awarded to six N.L. organizations

Premier Dwight Ball and Sherry Gambin-Walsh, minister responsible for seniors, speak to the media in this file photo from December 2016.
Premier Dwight Ball and Sherry Gambin-Walsh, minister responsible for seniors, speak to the media in this file photo from December 2016.

The provincial government has awarded a total of $300,000 to six organizations through the age-friendly grants program, with an aim to create more inclusing and accessible communities.

Premier Dwight Ball and Children, Seniors and Social Development Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh made the announcement in Corner Brook today where they profiled how one of the recipients – Ride for Ages – is supporting older adults and residents in the Bay St. George area. 

Other organizations that are receiving $50,000 each are the Town of Clarenville, the Town of Springdale, the Town of Twillingate–New World Island, the Canadian Red Cross Society and the St. John's Transportation Commission (Metrobus).

The age-friendly transportation project assists incorporated non-governmental organizations, municipal governments, Inuit community governments and/or reserves to explore options for age-friendly transportation models.

“It is important for all of us to ensure we are preparing for future needs of the aging population. This includes promoting healthy aging. The Age-Friendly Transportation Program will assist seniors to remain active participants and contributing members of their communities,” Gambin-Walsh said in a news release.

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