Seniors

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: Serving You During the Pandemic

Your safety and the safety of our staff is our top priority. We are following all the Ontario government and Toronto Public Health guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Our offices at 23 Grange Road, 720 Spadina Avenue and 6075 Yonge Street are now open with limited hours. Our counsellors are available to help people who have pre-booked, in-person meetings, as well as by phone and email.

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)
simon.young@universitysettlement.ca
(416) 598-3444 ext. 240 or (647) 395-7294

Tax Clinics

We offer one-to-one tax filing services throughout the year, by appointment only.

To make an appointment, please contact:

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

Time to Chat Conversation Groups

Friendship is just a phone call away!

Time to Chat enables Seniors to make meaningful connections with others through monthly telephone conversations with people 55 and older. Just pick up the phone and chat from the comfort of your home.

  • Free for everyone 55 years and older
  • Offered for Cantonese, Farsi, and Korean speakers

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 technology, promote independent living, and maintain social contact.

  • Online by Zoom
  • Offered for Mandarin speakers
  • Free for everyone 55 years and older
  • Space is limited. Fall enrollment: 20 participants

Group A

  • Date: Mondays (November 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6)
  • Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Group B

  • Date: Fridays (November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3)
  • Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Register Today

You will receive the Zoom meeting ID and password by email.

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 Yoga

  • Date: Tuesdays (November 9, 23; December 7)
  • Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Language: Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Online: by Zoom
  • Free!

Online Tai Chi

  • Date: Tuesdays (November 9, 23; December 7)
  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Online: by Zoom
  • Free!

Register Today

You will receive the Zoom meeting ID and password by email.

Weekly Virtual Social & Educational Programs

Our programs enable you to make new friendships and connections in a social setting. We offer a range of weekly online programs, including:

  • How to Zoom
  • How to use your phone to find services
  • Mandarin Music Appreciation
  • Tai Chi
  • Arts + Crafts

To join our weekly virtual programs, please contact:

Shulan Tien, Virtual Program Worker
(English / Mandarin)
shulan.tien@universitysettlement.ca
(416) 436-1916