RICHMOND HILL, ON, Nov. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong,
Minister of State for Seniors, announced today that immigrant seniors
will have more opportunities to stay active and be engaged and informed
members of their communities, as a result of funding from the
Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
The Canadian Chinese Gao Deng Yuan Xiao Alumni Association is receiving
$25,000 for its Volunteering in the Community project. Seniors involved
with the organization will mentor immigrant seniors on how to volunteer
within the community.
"The Association's project is helping immigrant seniors adapt to their
new communities by giving them the opportunity to learn about
volunteering and to participate in neighbourhood activities," said
Minister Wong. "Hundreds of seniors in Richmond Hill will benefit from
"We thank the Government of Canada for their support of this important
project," said Kady Liu, President of the Canadian Chinese Gao Deng
Yuan Xiao Alumni Association. "This project will help reduce isolation
among the seniors and allow them to actively participate in community
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.
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, will engage partners and lever funding from other community
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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