New Horizons for Seniors Program provides ongoing opportunities for
communities across Canada
QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Josée Verner,
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy
Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie and Minister
responsible for the Quebec Region, visited a local seniors' organization
today to highlight Government of Canada support for seniors, including a
new funding opportunity.
"Our government recognizes the ongoing contributions that seniors make
to our communities, workplaces and society," said Minister Verner. "That
is why we are giving tangible support to five local organizations that
are doing outstanding work in improving the well-being and quality of
life in the Quebec City area."
Minister Verner, who was joined by Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis,
reminded participants that the Capital Assistance and Community
Participation and Leadership call for proposals is currently open in
Quebec. This call falls under the New Horizons for Seniors Program,
which provides up to $25,000 in funding per project to non-profit
organizations to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing
seniors' programs and activities.
Minister Verner also highlighted over $50,000 in Capital Assistance
funding awarded in May to five local organizations, including the Cercle
de Fermières Sainte-Monique Les Saules, and Les Chevaliers de Colomb -
Conseil 5529 Montcalm, which hosted the event.
"Thanks to this grant, we will benefit from a new loom and three new
sewing machines," said Ms. Diane Jalbert, President of the Cercle de
Fermières Sainte-Monique-Les Saules. "This equipment will allow us to
pass along a tradition and know-how that would otherwise be lost. It
will also help break the isolation of some of the area's seniors."
"This grant has allowed us to pursue one of our goals, which is to offer
interesting activities and a dynamic meeting place for the seniors of
our community," said Mr. Michel Tassé, Grand Master of the Chevaliers de
Colomb, Chapter 5529 Montcalm. "It is important to offer a safe and
comfortable place where seniors feel welcome."
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has introduced a number of
initiatives in support of Canada's seniors, including:
Creating the position of Minister of State (Seniors) to bring the
concerns of older Canadians to the Cabinet table, and stand up on
their behalf. The Minister of State also works in cooperation with her
provincial and territorial counterparts. At their annual meeting in
July 2010, the federal, provincial and territorial ministers
responsible for seniors agreed on the pressing need to address the
opportunities and challenges associated with the country's aging
Creating the National Seniors Council to provide advice to the federal
government on matters related to the well-being and quality of life of
seniors. The Council will look at seniors' and near seniors' labour
force participation, and at intergenerational relations, as its next
Providing $2.3 billion annually in tax relief to seniors and
pensioners through measures such as income splitting and increasing
the Age Credit;
Increasing funding to the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which
helps seniors use their leadership, energy and skills to benefit
communities across Canada;
Helping to fight against elder abuse in all its forms through the
Federal Elder Abuse Awareness Initiative; and
Introducing legislation to support the establishment of National
Seniors Day, in recognition of seniors' continuing contributions to
Canadian communities, workplaces and society.
This call for proposals for Capital Assistance and Community
Participation and Leadership funding is open until September 17, 2010,
in Quebec only. A Capital Assistance call for proposals for the rest of
Canada opened August 30, 2010, and will close on October 8, 2010. For
more information, please visit the following website: href="www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors">www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.
Further information about the Government of Canada's support for seniors
can be found at href="http://www.seniors.gc.ca/">www.seniors.gc.ca.
This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.
New Horizons for Seniors Program:
Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded
over 6 000 projects across Canada, helping seniors to use their
leadership, energy and skills to benefit our communities.
In March 2010, just over $15.8 million in Community Participation and
Leadership funding was awarded for 2009-2010
projects. In May 2010, more than $8.5 million in funding was awarded for
2009-2010 Capital Assistance projects, including over $50,000 for the
following six projects in Quebec City:
The Cercle de Fermières de Neufchâtel received $9,020 for its project
to purchase new weaving equipment and accessories, as well as two new
benches, in order for seniors to be able to continue creative arts
The Montcalm Branch of the Chevaliers de Colomb received $25,000 for
its project to renovate and replace kitchen and bathroom appliances
and equipment so that seniors can continue to enjoy their activities
in an improved facility.
The Cercle de Fermières Sainte-Monique-Les Saules received $9,992 for
its project to replace old weaving machines with new equipment so that
seniors can continue to be involved in social activities.
The Centre femmes d'aujourd'hui received $3,600 for its project to
replace old tables and chairs to provide a more comfortable
environment for seniors to take part in creative writing workshops and
Patro de Charlesbourg received $10,000 for its project to replace old
tables and chairs to allow seniors to continue enjoying their social
The Program offers three types of funding to organizations:
Community Participation and Leadership Funding: This funding supports
community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage seniors
to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping
those in need, providing leadership and sharing their knowledge and
skills with others.
Capital Assistance Funding: This funding helps non-profit
organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for
existing programs and activities for seniors. It enables seniors to
continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs
and activities in their communities.
Elder Abuse Awareness Funding: This funding will help non-profit
organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older
adults at a national or regional level. Through this funding, new
educational and awareness resources about elder abuse are made
available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.
National Seniors Council:
The National Seniors Council was created in March 2007 to advise the
federal government on all matters related to the well-being and quality
of life of seniors.
The Council reports to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills
Development in light of her responsibilities for seniors, and to the
Minister of Health, reflecting the importance of health-related issues
for older Canadians. The ministers are supported by the Honourable Diane
Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), who oversees the Council's
The Council's next priorities are to look at labour force participation
and at intergenerational relations. The first priority will explore what
today's seniors, as well as people approaching their senior years, think
about retirement and working past retirement age. Seniors are living
longer, healthier lives, and many would like to continue playing a role
in the workforce.
Canada's demographic picture is changing, and the next two decades will
see a large increase in the number of seniors. Many people's perceptions
about the different generations may be changing as well. For its second
priority, the Council will identify areas warranting particular
attention, and will explore ways to foster intergenerational dialogue.
As part of Budget 2008 commitments, the Government of Canada established
the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative, which included the launch of a
national elder abuse awareness advertising campaign in 2009.
Entitled Elder Abuse - It's Time to Face
the Reality, the campaign ran during the months of June and
October 2009, and consisted of television, print and Web components
aimed at encouraging Canadians to take action towards preventing elder
abuse. The second national flight of the campaign will run from October
to December 2010.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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