The RTO/ERO Foundation

Annual grants announced to address social isolation

The RTO/ERO Foundation has announced the recipients of its annual grant program. A total funding pool of $75,000, made available through the fundraising efforts of the Foundation in 2018, has been awarded to two projects, specifically aimed at addressing the growing problem of social isolation among Canadian seniors.

The first grant, in the amount of $50,000, has been awarded to a collaboration between two organizations; the National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University (NIA) and the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). The project, Establishing Best Policies and Practices for Understanding and Addressing Social Isolation in Older Canadians, aims to synthesize and catalog information from national and international sources, with respect to social isolation.

The second grant, in the amount of $25,000 is awarded to Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin for a project entitled Peel Senior Connectors. The initiative aims to reach isolated seniors at community outreach locations, through current one-on-one support systems, and at health care facilities.

On behalf of the RTO/ERO Foundation, as well as our new grant recipients, we would like to extend a very special thank you to all our donors who helped make this year’s grant program a success.


Imagine a Canada where seniors get the care and support they need, where, when and how they need it. A Canada where we have a better understanding of the different dimensions of aging, and more health professionals are trained to apply that knowledge.

And envision a rising number of seniors who play an active role in the things that matter to them. Seniors who are part of daily life – around their neighbourhoods, as volunteers, in the workplace and across generations.

That quality of life is the dream of the RTO/ERO Foundation.

Established in 2011 by the Retired Teachers of Ontario, and inspired by the philanthropy of its members, we share that dream with over 75,000 RTO/ERO members, families, partners and friends.

We invite you to join us in our collective effort to enhance the quality of life of aging adults. Explore our website to see how…