Government of Canada to help seniors participate more fully in Vaudreuil-Dorion



    VAUDREUIL-DORION, QC, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Michael
M. Fortier, Minister of Minister of Public Works and Government Services, 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 the funding
received for project under the New Horizons for Seniors Program to ensure
seniors in Vaudreuil-Dorion have the opportunity to participate and take an
active leadership role within their communities.
    Speaking at the Musée regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Minister Fortier
celebrated total funding of $4,401,638 which will benefit 141 communities
throughout Quebec. This includes $24,540 for the project Carrefour
d'information pour soutenir les interventions auprès des personnes aînées
Vaudreuil-Dorion.
    This project, through the Grand Rassemblement des Aînes de Vaudreuil et
Soulanges, will help seniors to prepare an index of services offered to
seniors in the region; to develop a program for sharing of information to the
public; to create a database and a Web site; and to promote the Carrefour
d'information.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening
our communities and building our country, said Mr. Fortier. "This project will
encourage seniors, in Vaudreil-Dorion 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 New
Horizons for Seniors: to raise awareness of elder abuse, and 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 acting to address 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 benefiting 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, they 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 beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over
2,600 projects across Canada of which 668 have been in Quebec, inspiring
seniors to bring their leadership, energy and skills to projects that benefit
their communities. For more information about the New Horizons for Seniors
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 community 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
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    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
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    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.
    




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Coordinator, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media
Relations, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, (819) 994-5559

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