VANCOUVER, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Thanks to the Government of Canada's New
Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), seniors who are newcomers to
Canada in the Vancouver area will have the opportunity to learn to
recognize the various forms of abuse and where to get help if they need
it, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) announced
The Joyce Station Area Planning Association is receiving more than
$22,500 in NHSP community-based funding for its Knock Knock! Who's
There? and Other Questions Seniors Have About Their Safety project.
Through workshops, seniors will have the opportunity to participate in
activities involving community groups and organizations. Seniors will
learn about elder abuse prevention strategies and about the positive
role played by the Vancouver Police Department in helping them to
reduce their risk of being mistreated and to seek assistance if needed.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada. These projects,
selected from the NHSP's 2013-2014 call for proposals, will lead to new
programs and activities for seniors.
On May 13, 2014, Minister Wong launched the 2014-2015 NHSP Call for
Proposals for Community-Based Projects. Through this call for
proposals, which will close on July 4, 2014, organizations may receive
up to $25,000 in grant funding.
NHSP-funded projects help offset the challenges of our aging
demographics, which is important since the number of seniors in Canada
is expected to double in the next 20 years.
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes an additional $5 million per year for
the NHSP to support additional projects that benefit seniors.
"Our government is proud to work with organizations like the Joyce
Station Area Planning Association in Vancouver so that seniors can
learn to recognize the signs of abuse and how they can prevent it from
happening to them. By knowing who they can reach out to within their
community, newly immigrated seniors can lead safer lives."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"Our association is pleased to have received this Government of Canada
NSHP grant for our Knock Knock! Who's There? and other Questions
Seniors Have About Their Safety project. We're connecting newly arrived seniors with community organizations
and giving them an opportunity to learn about the Canadian justice
system. With help from the Vancouver Police Department and our team of
over 200 volunteers, we can reduce senior victimization!"
- Christina Taulu, Executive Director for the Joyce Station Area
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and
contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors
who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share
their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
NHSP funding is targeted to community-based projects, pan-Canadian
projects and pilot projects that focus on issues such as social
isolation and intergenerational learning.
Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors
and address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering,
mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and
capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to
$25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.
Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves
from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud. These projects
help community members recognize elder abuse in all its forms and
improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors. Projects
focus on developing tools, resources and promising practices that can
be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada. These
projects may be eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year for a
maximum of three years.
Pilot project funding provides support to help address seniors'
isolation by establishing better social support networks and resources
and initiating community interventions. It also supports
intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new
interests and share their knowledge and experience with others. These
pilot projects are eligible to receive up to $100,000 in federal
funding over a maximum of 24 months, which will be matched with funding
from other sources.
For more information on the NHSP, visit esdc.gc.ca/seniors.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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