Government of Canada helps seniors participate more fully in their communities



    LES SAULES, QC, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Josée Verner,
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, on
behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development, and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in
the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), today celebrated funding for
29 projects under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program
with recipients in the Greater Quebec City area. This funding will help ensure
that seniors in the area have the opportunity to participate and take an
active leadership role within their communities.
    Speaking at the Fondation de l'hôpital Sainte-Monique, Minister Verner
announced total funding of $572,386 for 29 projects to benefit community
groups in the Greater Québec City area. This includes $12,000 for the
Fondation de l'hôpital Sainte-Monique for their project Nos aînés; des
ambassadeurs positifs.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening
our communities and building our country," said Minister Verner. "The
29 projects we are funding across the Greater Quebec City area will encourage
our seniors to continue sharing their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit
others."
    In the 2007 federal budget, the Government of Canada announced an
additional investment of $10 million per year for two new components of the
New Horizons for Seniors Program-to raise awareness of elder abuse, and to
provide capital assistance for upgrades to facilities and equipment used for
existing seniors' programs. Projects funded under these new components will be
announced in the spring of 2008.
    The federal government is also addressing the needs of Canada's seniors
through the introduction of a series of important measures that include:

    
    - establishing the National Seniors Council to advise the Government on
      issues of importance to older Canadians;

    - enabling 1.6 million low-income seniors to benefit from increased
      monthly benefits available under the Guaranteed Income Supplement
      (GIS) and to make a one-time application for GIS.  As long as they
      file income tax returns every year, these seniors will never have to
      reapply;

    - providing more than $1 billion in tax relief to Canadian seniors and
      pensioners in Budget 2007;

    - enabling seniors to build their retirement savings in Registered
      Pension Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans for an extra
      two years until age 71; and

    - raising the amount that seniors can claim under the age credit on
      their tax returns for 2007. With less income taxed, seniors save more.

    To ensure that the New Horizons for Seniors Program and the programs
provided by the Government of Quebec complement each other, a Canada-Quebec
memorandum of understanding sets out the mechanisms for collaboration. Under
this memorandum of understanding, the projects funded by the New Horizons for
Seniors Program are recommended jointly by representatives of Human Resources
and Social Development Canada and the Secrétariat aux aînés du Québec,
following consultation with the Tables de concertation des aînés established
in every region of Quebec. This process is fully consistent with the broad
cross-Canada policy directions for the Program, under which people who are
engaged in seniors' issues review and recommend projects for funding.
    Since its launch, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over
2,600 projects across Canada, inspiring seniors to bring their leadership,
energy and skills to projects that benefit their communities. For more
information about the Program, please visit the following Web site:
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/community_partnerships/seniors/index.shtml.

    This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


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                       New Horizons for Seniors Program

    Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure
that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in
their communities through their social participation and active living. This
is achieved through funding of community projects that help seniors share
their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit others, while reducing their
social isolation.
    Building on the success of the NHSP, in Budget 2007, the Government of
Canada increased the Program's budget by $10 million per year to provide
capital assistance for repairs to facilities and equipment related to existing
seniors' programs, and to raise awareness of elder abuse across Canada. This
has increased the total budget for the NHSP to $35 million per year.
    As a result, the Program now offers three types of funding to
organizations:

    Pre-existing component
    ----------------------

    1- 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.

    New funding components
    ----------------------

    2- Capital Assistance Funding: This funding will help non-profit
       organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for
       existing seniors' programs and activities. It will enable seniors to
       continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs
       and activities in their communities.

    3- Elder Abuse Awareness Funding: This funding will help non-profit
       organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older
       adults on a national or regional level. Through this funding, new
       educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be
       available to improve quality of life, safety and security for
       seniors.


        - FUNDING TO NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROGRAM PROJECTS IN THE
                         GREATER QUEBEC CITY AREA -

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    Organization       Title of Project               Location      Amount
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    Centraide Québec   Récits de vie...               Beauport      14 945 $
                       Récits de bonté! Réflexions
                       et pratiques de l'engagement
                       social chez les retraités
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    Centre             Ami "Aînés"                    Beauport      25 000 $
    communautaire
    de Beauport
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    Club de l'âge      Ateliers informatiques pour    Donnacona     12 375 $
    d'Or de            les aînés
    Donnacona inc.
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    Fondation de       Nos aînés; des ambassadeurs    Les Saules    12 000 $
    l'hôpital          positifs
    Sainte-Monique
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    ACEF Rive-sud      Conférences et ateliers en     Lévis         18 520 $
                       consommation pour nouveaux
                       retraités et retraitées
                       d'expérience
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Centre             Journée de formation et        Lévis         20 667 $
    d'action bénévole  réflexion
    SERS inc.
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    La maison Louis-   Si Lévis m'était conté         Lévis         25 000 $
    Honoré-Fréchette
    de Lévis
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    La section Lévis-  Illustration des droits des    Lévis         14 144 $
    Rive-Sud de        aînés: une participation
    L'AQDR             intergénérationnelle
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    Patro Laval inc.   Faire autrement                Québec        21 193 $
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Association des    A l'écoute des                 Québec        23 243 $
    grands-parents     grands-parents!
    du Québec
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    Association des    Limoilou : un pont entre       Québec        24 800 $
    personnes          les âges
    retraitées du
    Cégep Limoilou
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Association des    Secur'aidant                   Québec        14 900 $
    retraitées et
    retraités de
    l'enseignement
    du Québec
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Centre d'aide et   Aînés-nous à vous aider        Québec        12 240 $
    d'action
    Bénévoles de
    Charlesbourg
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    FADOQ Sainte-      Valorisation du milieu des     Québec        13 333 $
    Ursule inc.        aînés par l'informatique
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    FADOQ-régions      Du nouveau pour les aînés      Québec        20 000 $
    de Québec
    et Chaudière-
    Appalaches
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Groupe Les         Des aînés aidants              Québec        25 000 $
    Relevailles
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    La compagnie des   Fête champêtre du 400ème de    Québec        18 000 $
    Jeunes retraités   la Fondation de Québec-Aînés
    du Plateau de      de Charlesbourg
    Charlesbourg
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    La Maison Léon     Exposition: Regard vert        Québec        25 000 $
    Provancher
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    Le Patro           60 ans un bel âge pour rester  Québec        24 950 $
    Roc-Amadour        jeune
    (1978) inc.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Table de           Journée de sensibilisation et  Québec        25 000 $
    concertation des   d'information pour les aînés
    personnes ainées
    de la région de
    Québec
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Club de l'âge      Métiers d'antan et             Saint-Alfred  14 809 $
    d'or Saint-        d'aujourd'hui
    Alfred
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Présence-Famille   En amitié avec les aînés!      Saint-        21 520 $
    Saint-Augustin                                    Augustin-
                                                      de-
                                                      Desmaures
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    Club FADOQ         Regroupement et animation      Saint-Damien- 25 000 $
    Saint-Damien       des  aînés de Saint-Damien     de-Buckland
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Association        L'activité physique gage       Saint-        15 214 $
    Bénévole Beauce-   d'une vie saine pour les       Georges
    Sartigan inc.      aînés
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    Les diplomates     Concert intergénérationnel     Saint-        19 600 $
                       "Les diplomates en concert     Sylvestre
                       pour la relève"
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    Centre d'Entraide  Transformez les vieux en neuf, Sainte-       17 333 $
    Familiale de la    transférez la sagesse et       Apolline
    MRC de Montmagny   transposez votre histoire
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    Docteur Fou rire   Un clown aîné                  Sainte-       25 000 $
                                                      Pétronille
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    Club d'Age d'Or    Théâtre d'improvisation pour   Sillery       18 600 $
    Garnier inc.       les aînés
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    Regroupement des   Mémoires du Mouvement des      Wendake       25 000 $
    centres d'amitié   centres d'amitié autochtones
    autochtones du     du Québec
    Québec
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For further information: (media only): Pascal Doucet, Media Relations
Coordinator, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media
Relations, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, (819) 994-5559


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