HelpAge Canada

HelpAge Canada

This profile originally appeared in the 2020-21 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

HelpAge Canada works in partnership with others to improve and maintain the quality of life of vulnerable older persons and their communities in Canada and around the world. Our vision is a world in which all older persons will lead secure, healthy, active and dignified lives. We are a founding member of a global network of organizations under the umbrella of HelpAge International that promotes the rights of all older people around the world.

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The NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre received a Seniors Can! grant which made it possible to expand their food program and give groceries to vulnerable seniors during COVID-19.

At a glance

Year founded: 1975

Geographic region of focus: Canada, Bangladesh, Dominica, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Ukraine.

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $553,692

Top funding sources:

  • Individuals: 70%
  • Corporations: 27%
  • Charities/Foundations: 2%
  • Other: 1%

How you can help


Donations go directly to improving the lives of vulnerable and low-income seniors in Canada and abroad. 

In Canada, donations are directed towards combating isolation and loneliness among low-income seniors by providing access to technology and digital literacy, mobility and communication devices, programming, meal programs and transportation, and for emergency humanitarian relief. 

Internationally, we offer a Sponsor a Grandparent program in six countries (Dominica, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, and Sri Lanka) as well as humanitarian support in Eastern Ukraine, Lebanon, Jordan, Ethiopia and Bangladesh as well as eye surgery clinics in India.

Finally, we engage in advocacy work, particularly for the UN Convention on the Rights of Older People.


Help us make a difference by launching a giving campaign to one of our programs with your family, your colleagues or your community. The plight of vulnerable and isolated seniors in Canada and around the world is a personal one; it may be our parents, our grandparents or their immediate community struggling. A campaign in their honour will help us achieve our vision. 

We invite corporations who may like to develop a volunteer program with Seniors Can Connect! in technology mentorship as part of their corporate social responsibility strategy to contact us to learn more about workplace volunteering.

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HelpAge Canada chair Amy Westland with Gran Anita Nestor in Camp Perrin, Haiti.

Events and fundraising

October 1 - International Day of Older Persons
Funds directed towards combating senior isolation in Canada.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief
This ongoing campaign raises funds for food, hygiene products, PPE and social support for seniors.

We work in over 85 countries throughout the world for older people responding to disaster, humanitarian relief, advocacy and developing programs and structures to support the well-being of marginalized older people.

Sponsor a Grandparent
Around the world, older persons are struggling to sustain themselves because they do not have enough food or ready access to medicine and other resources necessary for a healthy life. Monthly sponsorship assists in providing what is most needed for each senior including food, shelter, access to clean water, medicine, emergency relief, safety and security, and provisions for a stable and dignified life. Donors receive regular updates about the older person they sponsor and provided with opportunities to communicate directly.

Board members and executives

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Gregor Sneddon is executive director of HelpAge Canada; Nicole Perry is director of national programs

Amy Westland

Laura Dempsey
Toronto, ON

Rosalie Gelderman
Edmonton, AB

Don Hefler
Ottawa, ON

Kahir Lalji
Vancouver, BC

William Morphet
Ottawa, ON 

Kyle Shimon
Ottawa, ON

Eleanor Thompson
Ottawa, ON

Andrea Valentini
Toronto, ON

Christine Vilcocq
Montreal, QC

Fundraising priorities

Seniors Can Connect! is a Canadian program designed to combat senior isolation through the provision of tablets and digital literacy training for seniors. Delivered by Connected Canadians, Seniors Can Connect! takes a user-focused approach to learning, empowering older adults to integrate technology into their daily lives, as their circumstances require.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Canada: As the COVID-19 emergency continues, HelpAge Canada is focused on keeping isolated seniors connected to their support and loved ones and helping them access needed health care and supplies where initial emergency support may have waned. HelpAge Canada was the first COVID-19 national responder for seniors.

We are actively engaged in fundraising and support of our partners in Lebanon and Eastern Ukraine as well as continuing projects in Ethiopia, Jordan and Bangladesh.

Get in touch

205-1300 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, ON
K1Z 7L2

Twitter: @HelpAgeCA
Facebook: /helpagecanada