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



    VAUDREUIL-DORION, QC, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Michael M.
Fortier, 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 a
project in Vaudreuil-Dorion under the New Horizons for Seniors Program to
ensure seniors have the opportunity to participate and take an active
leadership role within their communities.
    Speaking at the Centre d'histoire La Presqu'île, Minister Fortier
celebrated $19,000 for the project Centre de paléographie des aînés de
Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
    This project will help seniors to create a research and public
consultation tool to look up the written testimonials contained in the
registers of notaries who worked in Vaudreuil-Dorion during the 18th and
19th centuries.
    "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 Vaudreuil-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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