VANCOUVER, Feb. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors), today announced that seniors in British Columbia and
all across Canada will benefit from a project that will help raise
awareness about elder abuse.
The YWCA Metro Vancouver's project is receiving $485,000 in federal
funding. The funding is provided through the pan-Canadian stream of the
New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which supports projects led or
inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of
others and in their communities.
Through its project, the YWCA Metro Vancouver will develop a
"Train-the-Trainer" instructional module and deliver training sessions
that will enable front-line staff to better detect and prevent elder
abuse. The YWCA aims to engage and educate community members and
further promote the safety and security of Canadian seniors.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes an additional $5 million per year for
the New Horizons for Seniors Program to support additional community
projects that benefit seniors.
Pan-Canadian projects are eligible for grant or contribution funding of
up to $250,000 per year for up to three years. Pan-Canadian funding
supports larger projects that increase awareness of elder abuse and
help seniors protect themselves from fraud, financial abuse and other
forms of abuse, and can be replicated across Canada, complementing
The YWCA Metro Vancouver's project is one of 33 pan-Canadian NHSP
projects, totalling more than $14 million, which were announced on June
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 11 200 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada. NHSP funding is targeted to both
pan-Canadian and community-based projects.
In 2013, over 1 750 NHSP community-based projects across Canada were
approved through the 2012-2013 call for proposals and received more
than $33 million in funding.
"Our government is committed to ensuring all Canadian seniors have the
information and tools they need to stop elder abuse. By promoting
awareness of elder abuse and supporting prevention activities, the
Government of Canada is helping to safeguard the well-being and
security of seniors."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"YWCA Metro Vancouver has a history of helping women and families, so we
were thrilled to expand our services to meet the needs of older adults.
The YWCA Community Action on Elder Abuse project complements existing
national awareness projects and strengthens the capacity of front-line
staff and volunteers. We are grateful to the Government of Canada's New
Horizons for Seniors Program for providing funding that supports action
against abuse of older adults."
- Jemma Templeton, Manager, Community Action on Elder Abuse Project
Pan-Canadian Projects: New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program
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. The
NHSP is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to ensure the
well-being of Canadian seniors and combat elder abuse in all its forms.
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 11 200 projects in hundreds
of communities across Canada.
Pan-Canadian projects focus on developing or identifying tools,
resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across
communities, regions and the country to address elder abuse. This
funding can enable community members to better recognize elder abuse in
all its forms and to improve the quality of life, safety and security
of seniors. Eligible pan-Canadian grant or contribution projects must
have a broad reach and impact. They are eligible for up to $250,000 in
funding per year, for up to three years.
Other actions taken by the Government of Canada to combat elder abuse
In 2008, the Government launched the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative
(FEAI), a multi-departmental, three-year initiative to help seniors and
others recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and to provide
information on available supports. This initiative successfully
concluded in 2011.
Building on the momentum created by the FEAI, the Government continues
to address elder abuse through awareness campaigns that aim to help
Canadians recognize the signs of elder abuse and give them information
on available resources and supports.
In addition, the Government is addressing elder abuse through
legislation that will help ensure consistently tough penalties for
offences involving the abuse of elderly people.
For more information on the NHSP, call 1 800 O-Canada or visit seniors.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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