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Keeping seniors engaged and active in Toronto

Toronto may see a one-third jump in the number of people aged 65 and over living here by 2031. To make sure Toronto continues to be a great city in which to grow old, Parks Forestry and Recreation (PFR) offers recreation activities that seniors can get to and afford.

PFR has community centres in neighbourhoods across Toronto, making them accessible to all. Seniors get a 50 per cent discount on fees for all programs, including badminton, arts and crafts, bocce, tai chi and many more. People with low incomes may be eligible for the Welcome Policy, a fee subsidy for many recreation programs.

Beyond the benefits of physical fitness and hobbies, seniors can also stay socially active and engaged in their community by volunteering. If PFR doesn’t offer a specific interest, many seniors organize for themselves and get permits to run their own programs in recreation centres.

Since seniors are more likely to drop in to recreation centres rather than register for programs, PFR is offering more drop-in activities across the city. PFR will continue to offer these option of registering in person, in addition to phone or online registration.

To learn more about the Welcome Policy and programs, pick up a FUN Guide, visit or call 311. To read more about the Recreation Service Plan 2013-17, visit

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