TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - National Seniors Day is an occasion for
Canadians across the country to show their appreciation and celebrate
seniors in their community. To help celebrate National Seniors Day, the
Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, took part in the
Positive Active Aging Forum, hosted by the Ontario Society (Coalition)
of Senior Citizens' Organizations (OCSCO).
"I am pleased to participate in today's Positive Active Aging Forum to
help celebrate this country's seniors," said Minister of State Wong.
"Our Government values the important contributions that older Canadians
continue to make in our communities and in our workplaces."
OCSCO received $19,000 in funding from the Government of Canada's New
Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to host the forum. Subject matter
experts will help increase awareness and understanding of seniors'
issues, including barriers to aging well.
"We are pleased to host a free one-day forum,focusing on aging, on
National Seniors Day," said John Morency and Carolann Fernandes,
co-chairs of the board of directors of OCSCO. "This event is
groundbreaking, as it will not only help us identify the systemic and
cultural barriers impacting aging Ontarians, but will provide a forum
for participants to find solutions to eliminate barriers of agism."
Minister of State Wong addressed forum participants, which included
older adults, caregivers, policy-makers and educators, at the North
York Seniors Centre in Toronto. She congratulated the organizers for
supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors in their
For tips and resources to celebrate the day, honour the seniors in your
life and for information about programs, services and benefits for
seniors, visit www.seniors.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is working hard to help improve the lives of
seniors on many fronts. These efforts include:
redeveloping seniors.gc.ca as a central resource for seniors, including a new Information for Seniors section that brings together a variety of federal,
provincial/territorial and municipal resources about relevant programs
providing Canadians with close to $76 billion this year through Canada's
public pension system;
topping up the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) in 2011 to help
Canada's most vulnerable seniors. This was the largest increase in 25
years to the GIS for the lowest-income seniors. This measure improves
the financial security and well-being of more than 680 000 seniors
providing $2.7 billion in 2013 in tax relief to seniors and pensioners
through measures such as pension income splitting and increasing the
providing $400 million over two years under Canada's Economic Action
Plan for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors;
making a strong investment in the New Horizons for Seniors Program
(NHSP) through an annual budget of $45 million;
actions to address elder abuse, including awareness campaigns, projects
funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program to raise awareness of
elder abuse, and legislation to help ensure consistently tough
penalties for offences involving the abuse of elderly people; and
supporting positive and active aging through the collaborative
Age-Friendly Communities Initiative, Physical Activity Tips for Older
Adults, and falls-prevention initiatives.
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 or 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
led or inspired 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.
Government initiatives such as the NHSP also help to ensure that seniors
maintain their personal health and well-being. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes to better safeguard the well-being of seniors in a
variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy and
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Office of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong
Media Relations Office
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