Ryerson campus

Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement

Find purpose, stimulate personal enrichment, expand social connections, and redefine later life learning.

About Us

What would you like to explore?

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Liberal Arts

Take courses and join study groups on a broad range of topics including politics, history, cultural studies, film, and art history.

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Caring Clown

Learn the practice of clowning techniques used in therapeutic facilities. Volunteer as a Caring Clown to bring cheer to residents in long-term care homes.

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Conversational Connections

Volunteer as an English language resource and motivator to international, exchange, and first-generation Ryerson students.

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Dramatic Arts

Join our positive and supportive theatre program and creative drama centre. Learn, create, and perform.

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Music

Sing, learn, and socialize your way through our dynamic music courses and tri-annual musical performances.

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Free Events

Join us for a variety of free presentations, lectures, and workshops throughout the year.

Podcast

I Was Here

I Was Here is a podcast and photo series featuring older adults who have interesting stories about, or long histories with, spaces and places in Toronto. Their stories reveal many events of social, cultural, and political importance to our city’s history. The accompanying photo gallery showcases each of these storytellers.

Listen to I Was Here
I Was Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact to learn more about your offerings?

Contact us by email or phone to learn more about Programs for 50+.

Email: programsfor50plus@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5103

How much do courses cost?

Each course is individually priced. Please check the individual course page for the course fee. The LIFE Institute requires members to pay a membership fee of $80/year.

Do you offer any free events?

Yes! Throughout the year, we provide opportunities for you to engage and get involved with Programs for 50+ through thought-provoking presentations and lectures, performances, volunteer programs, and more. Learn and grow with us by exploring all the free events we have to offer.

Are there any volunteer opportunities?

Yes! There are numerous ways to volunteer with Programs for 50+.

Join our Conversational Connections program which matches international, exchange, and first-generation Ryerson students with older adult volunteers. Help out with our special events, such as the 50+ Festival, Lecture Series, or Concert Series. Participate in research initiatives taking part through the university.

Where do courses and events take place?

The majority of courses take place on campus, but we do offer classes off-site as well. Locations for each course are advertised alongside course information.

Want to learn more?

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Testimonials

Jeany Chan

The more I think about it, the more I love it. At first I was nervous and couldn’t read notes, but I like challenges and there was no pressure from the wonderful, encouraging instructor. I can’t ask for more.

– Jeany Chan
CSMU 100 - Singing Level I

Linda Rothman

The greatest gift I gave myself was the Caring Clown Program. It enabled me to give back to my community and enriched my life with new skills, wonderful friends, and pure joy.

– Linda Rothman
Caring Clown

Jock McLeod

After taking some courses and acting in some plays, I was approached by a professional actor who lined me up with his agent. Now I do commercials, television, and movies. It’s a whole new beginning!

– Jock McLeod
ACT II STUDIO

Merit-Based Awards

Merit-based awards are awarded based on demonstrated academic excellence, often in combination with other attributes such as contribution to a specific community. See the merit-based awards available to Programs for 50+ students.

Contact Programs for 50+ and Community Engagement

Email: programsfor50plus@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416-979-5103
Facebook: facebook.com/Programs50Plus
Twitter: @RU50plus
Address: 297 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON