The Seniors Association Kingston Region, incorporated under the laws of Ontario, is a not-for-profit, voluntary, and charitable organization. The Association evolved in 1997 through the amalgamation of two longstanding organizations, the Kingston and Area Senior Citizens’ Council and the Kingston Seniors Day Centre. Both former organizations were founded in 1976-77 by seniors who felt there was a need to help other seniors in the community. With the amalgamation and a membership of about 4000, the Association consolidated its role as the central coordinating body for activities, providing services and representing the interests of seniors throughout the greater Kingston area. We currently have over 5,600 members to whom we distribute Vista, our monthly 48 page publication.
In 2001, the Association entered into a joint venture with the City of Kingston to acquire the former Portsmouth Public School at 56 Francis Street and to transform the building into a welcoming and vibrant community centre for seniors. The Seniors Centre now is a focal point for seniors in the greater Kingston area. Through its facilities at The Seniors Centre, its monthly publication Vista, its website, its extensive networking activities, and its active participation in community committees and initiatives, the Seniors Association is a major source for information about services and activities of interest to seniors. Most of the Association’s programs, activities, and services are funded through membership dues and user fees. In addition, the Association has mandate from and is in part funded by the City of Kingston with whom we have annual purchase of service agreements.
Kingston is a popular location for retirement and the proportion of seniors within the population is expected to grow even faster than its current population demographics suggest. Demographics suggest that over the next 25 years, the 55+ age group of the Greater Kingston region will increase 155%. Statistics Canada data for 2011 shows the population of greater Kingston area as 159,561 with approximately 47,300 being 55 and over. With life expectancy rising, it is likely that the 55+ population will grow significantly from within; numbers will also increase due to seniors retiring to Kingston.