WELLAND, ON, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Seniors in Welland and Thorold will
soon have new opportunities to participate in programs that boost their
physical fitness and provide them with new learning opportunities. The
Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of
Commons and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, made this
announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors). Three organizations are receiving a total of more than
$70,000 in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for their
The Welland Legion is receiving more than $20,000 in federal funding
through the NHSP for its Seniors Discover the Possibilities project. The project aims to keep local seniors active and involved
with a wide range of social activities that promote learning and
physical fitness and provide entertainment. Activities include an
informative lunch and learn program featuring topics like fraud and
safety. Physical fitness workouts, dancing classes, chair yoga, movies
and live entertainment are all "on the roster" as the project agenda
The NHSP is also supporting two projects in other nearby organizations.
The Wesley United Church in Welland is receiving nearly $25,000 for its
project Overhaul and Repair of Elevator. The Church will overhaul the existing elevator in its building to
ensure the safety of seniors attending ongoing social activities. The
Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC) in Thorold is
receiving $25,000 for its Building Strong Community Connections in Niagara through Seniors and
Children project. ECCDC will link seniors in seniors' residences to children in
child care centres so that seniors can share their knowledge, skills
and experience with the younger generation.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
to over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada. These projects
were approved through the NHSP 2013-2014 Call for Proposals for
Community-Based Projects. NHSP-funded projects help ensure that seniors
maintain a good quality of life and are able to be active,
participating members of their communities.
Economic Action Plan 2014 has recently increased funding for the NHSP by
$5 million per year. This is in addition to the $45 million the
Government already provides to this program annually.
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada. NHSP funding supports projects that focus on
issues like elder abuse, social isolation and intergenerational
Minister Wong launched the NHSP 2014-2015 Call for Proposals for
Community-Based Projects on May 13, 2014. Through this call for
proposals, which is now closed, organizations may receive up to $25,000
in grant funding for projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
"Our Government is proud to work with organizations like these whose
projects facilitate seniors' participation in a wide range of
activities that give them the opportunity to socialize, stay informed
and stay fit. By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects
such as these, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good
quality of life and continue to be active members of their
- The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House
of Commons and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe
"The Government of Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program funding we
received has been of great benefit to the seniors of Welland. We have
been able to offer seniors many events, including cards, darts and
Sunday afternoon dances. We have hosted events in care facilities,
giving seniors the opportunity to socialize with the community. The
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 continues to be committed to providing
seniors with activities that enrich and enhance their lives."
- Gerald Noel, President, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4
"The Early Childhood Community Development Centre is deeply grateful to
the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program for
providing funding to design and pilot a project that will promote
improved life satisfaction and a sense of purpose and connectedness for
seniors in our community. We believe the project will also support
young children in developing meaningful relationships and provide them
with opportunities to learn about the rich culture and history of
- Lorrey Arial Bonilla, Interim Executive Director, Early Childhood
Community Development Centre
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: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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