REGINA, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors), announced today that seniors will have more
opportunities to stay active and be engaged members of their
communities as a result of funding from the Government of Canada's New
Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
The University of Regina's Lifelong Learning Centre is receiving over
$24,000 for its Age-Friendly Community Initiative project, which builds
on the Centre's previous work, encouraging seniors to volunteer and
continue to be active members of their communities. Seniors will plan
and implement mentoring activities and workshops with youth in schools
and with the community, and share best practices on how to help Regina
become more age-friendly.
"This project brings senior volunteers and Regina youth together for a
unique learning experience. It will help make Regina an age-friendly
community and raise awareness about elder abuse and its prevention,"
said Minister Wong. "Hundreds of seniors in Regina will benefit from
"The Lifelong Learning Centre is very pleased to receive funding for its
Regina Age-Friendly Community Initiative from the Government of
Canada," said Kerrie Strathy, Division Head of the University of Regina
Lifelong Learning Centre. "Through this project, LLC staff, students,
volunteers and others will work together to create a more caring and
inclusive community for older adults—a community where ageism will be
overcome and where older adults will be recognized and valued for the
contributions they make to our city as volunteers and more."
The NHSP supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a
difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The
Government of Canada invested over $33 million in support of over 1 750
NHSP projects that will lead to programs and activities for seniors
across Canada. These projects were approved through the 2012-2013 call
For more information on the NHSP, please visit seniors.gc.ca.
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New Horizons for Seniors Program
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 their communities.
Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share
their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others. Since
2006, the NHSP has funded more than 11 200 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
NHSP funding is available for both pan-Canadian and community-based
Pan-Canadian projects focus on developing or identifying tools, resources and
promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities,
regions and the country to address elder abuse. They are eligible for
up to $250,000 in funding per year for up to three years.
Community-based project funding provides support for activities that are inspired or
led by seniors and address one or more of the program's five
objectives. Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to
$25,000 per year per organization in grant funding. Earlier this year,
the Government of Canada launched a Call for Proposals for
community-based projects. The Call closed on July 5, 2013, across
Canada, except in Alberta, where it closed on July 19, and in Quebec,
where it closed on September 6, 2013. Project applications are
currently being assessed.
A subsequent Call for Proposals for Pilot Projects was launched on
October 3, 2013, and closed on November 13, 2013. This Call sought
proposals for larger-value, longer-duration pilot projects focussing
specifically on seniors' isolation and/or intergenerational learning.
Projects will receive up to $100,000 over 24 months in contribution
funding, engage partners and leverage funding from other community
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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For further information (media only):
Director of Communications
Office of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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