Harper government invests in projects to support Canadian seniors

EDMONTON, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Seniors across the country will soon have new opportunities to use their leadership abilities, energy and skills to continue to make a difference in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Democratic Reform and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), made the announcement today while speaking to members of the Alberta Caregivers Association.

"Our government encourages seniors to share their diverse skills, knowledge and experience with others," said Minister of State Uppal. "Initiatives such as the NHSP help seniors to lead and participate in community activities that strengthen their well-being and quality of life."

The Harper government is providing more than $33 million in funding for over 1 750 community projects across Canada that will lead to a variety of programs and activities for seniors. These projects were selected from the 2012-2013 call for proposals. Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12 200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

Minister of State Uppal also encouraged organizations that promote the well-being of seniors to take advantage of the upcoming 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects.

The Alberta Caregivers Association will receive $25,000 in funding for their NHSP project. Caregivers will benefit from training sessions aimed at helping them to write about their experiences. A variety of communications tools will be used to share their stories with seniors and other members of their communities.

This project is one of 223 community-based projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan that are collectively receiving almost $4 million dollars in funding over a 12-month period.

"The funding from the Government of Canada gives caregivers a voice and lets others know that they are not alone," said Anna Mann, Executive Director, Alberta Caregivers Association. "There are thousands of seniors struggling with sadness, guilt and isolation because they are caring for a spouse or friend. Hearing the stories of fellow caregivers makes a huge difference you can almost see the burden being lifted off their shoulders."

The 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects will be launched on May 22, 2013. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in funding per year and must address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.

For more information and to apply for funding when the call opens, visit seniors.gc.ca.

It is thanks to initiatives such as the NHSP that the Government of Canada helps to ensure that seniors maintain their personal health and well-being. 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.


Backgrounder


New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.  Through the NHSP, the Harper government encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

The upcoming 2013-2014 New Horizons for Seniors Program call for proposals for community-based projects will be launched on May 22, 2013. Further details will be made available when the call is open.

The 2012-2013 call for proposals for the community-based projects under the NHSP was launched on May 8, 2012 and closed on June 29, 2012 for all of Canada except Quebec. The Quebec call for proposals closed on September 14, 2012.

The Government has approved more than $33 million in funding for new community projects as follows:

Funding Breakdown by Province and Territory

Province or Territory Number of Projects Total Funding Amount
Alberta 126 $2,443,850
British Columbia 259 $5,099,243
Manitoba 97 $1,583,810
New Brunswick 57 $1,143,621
Newfoundland and Labrador 45 $811,001
Northwest Territories 6 $133,979
Nova Scotia 82 $1,297,973
Nunavut 5 $125,000
Ontario 511 $11,314,032
Prince Edward Island 29 $471,495
Quebec 431 $7,225,144
Saskatchewan 97 $1,501,167
Yukon 6 $125,915
Total 1 751 $33,276,230

For more information on the NHSP, please visit seniors.gc.ca

SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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Mark Wall
Director of Communications
Office of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong
1-613-617-7993

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