Men's Sheds of Ontario

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Men's Sheds is based on a simple concept: Improve our members' physical and mental health through activities men will actually join.

A Men's Shed offers men an alternate way to re-engage with their community thereby avoiding the feelings of 'isolation' that all too often occur after retirement.

A Shed is where you can learn or teach new skills and find new opportunities and interests while making new friends.

A Men's Shed provides a safe and friendly environment where men can work on meaningful projects. Men work at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men improving their own mental health while at the same time giving back to society.

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What are Men's Sheds, and what do they do?

A Men's Shed provides: "Somewhere to go. Something to do. Someone to talk to."

It's a community-based, Not-for-profitt organization that provides a safe and friendly environment where men can work on meaningful projects, at their own pace, in their own time, in the company of other men. It's a place where some men learn, some teach, and some are happy to watch.


Why have a Provincial Association of Sheds?

Our objective is to aid in forming new sheds and enhancing the effectiveness of existing sheds.

We represent the collective needs of Ontario Sheds to government agencies, news agencies and potential sponsors.

Plus a whole lot more.


List of Men's Sheds in Ontario

The number of sheds changes constantly. Therefore, we endeavour to maintain a complete list and contact information of all sheds in Ontario, whether or not they elect to become part of our Association.

Click below to find one near you.


Funding your Shed

We know all. Give us the secret handshake and we will share.

We are just kidding. While there is never enough funding for social programs, and it can be competitive to get your share, you do not need to learn the black arts of complex proposal writing to win any.

We are blessed with a funding source reserved for Men's Sheds in Canada. There are two programs of interest to you.

Recognizing the value of Men's Sheds in promoting men's health and wellness micro-grants of up to $1,000 are available to assist with the start-up costs of new Men's Sheds in Canada!

These Start-Up Grants, offered through HelpAge Canada, are available to groups of two or more men or community organizations interested in starting a Men's Shed in their local area.

Funding of up to $10,000 is also available to established Men's Sheds to assist with the costs of time-limited projects that support their goals of connecting older men and their communities.

These will not be enough for you to find a workshop space, collect a bunch of tools and experts in their operation, then open your doors, but it will help get you started to collect a team to figure out the rest.

Be aware that 900 out of the 1,000 Men's Sheds in Australia have found a way to get their floor space for free, where the shed members pay for power, heat, and insurance. This will not be easy.

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