TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - To mark National Seniors Day, the
Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), today announced a
Call for Proposals to fund approximately 20 pilot projects—an
investment of $2,000,000—aimed at addressing seniors' social isolation.
"Social isolation has a negative effect on the health and well-being of
seniors. The Harper government is taking action to ensure that seniors
maintain a high quality of life and continue to be active members of
their communities," said Minister Wong. "Through these pilot projects,
our government continues to look at innovative solutions to address
seniors' issues, particularly social isolation, by leveraging social
partnerships to marshal the resources needed to support seniors in our
These pilot projects will be eligible to receive between $50,000 and
$100,000 of federal funding over a maximum of 24 months which will be
matched with funding from other sources. The New Horizons for Seniors
Program (NHSP) pilot projects will also pursue intergenerational
learning projects that help seniors develop new interests and share
their knowledge and experience with others.
The application period begins on October 3, 2013 and will close on
November 13, 2013. Additional information and application details is
Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government proposes to better
safeguard the well-being of seniors in a variety of areas, including
financial services, financial literacy and health.
For a wide range of information for seniors, including details 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 New Horizon's for Seniors Program 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
address one or more of the program's five objectives. The Call for
Proposals being launched on October 3, 2013 is seeking proposals for
larger-value, longer-duration pilot projects that focus specifically on
seniors' isolation and/or intergenerational learning. These projects
will receive up to $100,000 over 24 months in contribution funding,
will engage partners, and will leverage funding from other community
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
This news release is available in alternative formats on request.
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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