Seniors

We provide a range of free counselling, programs and services specifically designed for older adults 55+.

University Settlement Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

University Settlement is dedicated to fostering a culture of acceptance, equality and anti-discrimination. We call on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and discrimination.

Many have used the pandemic as a vehicle for inciting racist, sexist, anti-Asian sentiment. We reject this racism, xenophobia, and hate and stand with those who have been harmed by all forms of anti-Asian sentiments and acts.

We call on all members of our community to openly condemn ill-informed, biased perspectives, violence, hate and discrimination.

COVID-19: In-Person Services and Programs Resume

Our offices at 23 Grange Road, 720 Spadina Avenue and 6075 Yonge Street are open for limited in-person appointments effective March 7, 2022. Please contact us to make an appointment.

We will continue to provide extensive and robust remote services by telephone and online.

Staying active and engaged. Improving the quality of daily life.

We provide a range of free counselling, programs and services specifically designed for older adults 55+.

Daily Life Assistance

If you’re 55 or older, we’re here to help you:

  • Understand the services and supports available to make your life easier
  • Navigate the application process for Old Age Security and other income supports
  • Prepare Toronto Community Housing Annual Rent Renewals
  • Obtain government documents, including Ontario Health Card, Social Insurance Number, Driver’s License, Marriage and Birth Certificates
  • Access other needed services
  • File your Income Tax
  • Complete forms

We provide:

  • Translation of documents
  • Information and referrals to other services, e.g., health, legal, financial

To speak with a Senior Services Worker, please contact:

Simon Young, Senior Services Worker
(English / Cantonese)
seniors@universitysettlement.ca
(416) 598-3444 ext. 240 or (647) 395-7294

Tax Clinics

We offer one-on-one income tax filing services, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact:

Simon Young, Senior Services Worker
(English / Cantonese)
seniors@universitysettlement.ca
(416) 598-3444 ext. 240 or (647) 395-7294

Seniors Digital Connection

Seniors Digital Connection is a free program that facilitates seniors’ autonomy and helps seniors stay connected by teaching them how to use basic electronic devices, promote independent living, and maintain social contact.

Enrolment will be based on “first come first serve”. Participants will be placed in two groups based on their level of knowledge: Group A (10:00 am to 11:00 am) and Group B (11:00 am to 12:00 pm). There will be 10 sessions for each cohort.

  • Session Dates: Fridays (December 2, 9)
  • Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am (Group A), or 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (Group B)
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Online: by Zoom
  • Cost: Free for everyone 55 years and older

Tai Chi Class

  • Date: Mondays to Fridays
  • Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Location: Gymnasium (University Settlement at 23 Grange Road)
  • Cost: Free!*

*Please note: Participants must be a University Settlement Agency member and a Seniors Club Member to participate. Please visit our front desk at Grange Road to register for our University Settlement Agency Membership and our Seniors Club Membership to participate in all of our free Seniors programs. Instructor’s volunteers are exempt from paying Seniors Club Membership fees.

Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan Class

Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan is a unique martial art based on traditional tai chi forms that combines elements of dance and other styles of martial arts.

Exercise your mind and body while you learn this beautiful and elegant Chinese martial art practice.

Basic knowledge and previous experience in Tai Chi is necessary for this class.

  • Date: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Time: 10:00 am to 11:45 am
  • Location: Gymnasium (University Settlement at 23 Grange Road)
  • Language: Cantonese (some Mandarin and English as well)
  • Free!
  • Register Online: Click the button below to register online through PickTime.

Table Tennis

  • Date: Wednesdays
  • Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Location: Basement Room 1 (University Settlement at 23 Grange Road)
  • Cost: Free!*

*Please note: Participants must be a University Settlement Agency member and a Seniors Club Member to participate. Please visit our front desk at Grange Road to register for our University Settlement Agency Membership and our Seniors Club Membership to participate in all of our free Seniors programs. Instructor’s volunteers are exempt from paying Seniors Club Membership fees.

Line Dancing

  • Date: Wednesdays
  • Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Location: Gymnasium (University Settlement at 23 Grange Road)
  • Cost: Free!*

*Please note: Participants must be a University Settlement Agency member and a Seniors Club Member to participate. Please visit our front desk at Grange Road to register for our University Settlement Agency Membership and our Seniors Club Membership to participate in all of our free Seniors programs. Instructor’s volunteers are exempt from paying Seniors Club Membership fees.

Gentle Exercise: Online Tai Chi and Yoga

Want to start working out at home, but don’t know what to do? Get bored exercising by yourself? Join us now for exercise and socializing!

Online Tai Chi

  • Date: Monday, December 12
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Online: by Zoom
  • Free!

Online Yoga

  • Date: Mondays (November 14, November 28)
  • Time: 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
  • Language: Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Online: by Zoom
  • Free!

Chinese Calligraphy Class

  • Date: Tuesdays
  • Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Location: Basement Room 1 (University Settlement at 23 Grange Road)
  • Cost: Free!*

*Please note: Participants must be a University Settlement Agency member and a Seniors Club Member to participate. Please visit our front desk at Grange Road to register for our University Settlement Agency Membership and our Seniors Club Membership to participate in all of our free Seniors programs. Instructor’s volunteers are exempt from paying Seniors Club Membership fees.

Chinese Music Appreciation Workshop

Want to learn how to appreciate Chinese music? Our monthly workshop series will help you analyze music with examples from a piece of chosen music or song.

This workshop occurs once per month. The date changes each month – register online to be notified of upcoming workshop dates.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 27
  • Time: 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Online: by Zoom
  • Free!

Cantonese Opera Singing Class

  • Date: Thursdays (no classes or practice sessions in December)
  • Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Location: Basement room 1 (University Settlement at 23 Grange Road)
  • Cost: Free!*

Practice Sessions: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Basement room 1) and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm (Board room).

*Please note: Participants must be a University Settlement Agency member and a Seniors Club Member to participate. Please visit our front desk at Grange Road to register for our University Settlement Agency Membership and our Seniors Club Membership to participate in all of our free Seniors programs. Instructor’s volunteers are exempt from paying Seniors Club Membership fees.