Harper Government announces support for seniors in Edmonton

EDMONTON, AB, March 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Seniors in Edmonton will benefit from improved facilities that will help them remain active, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced today.

The Millwoods Cultural Society of Retired and Semi-Retired is receiving $21,380 from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for its project. The funding will be used to replace equipment, such as chairs, and provide necessary repairs to the facility, which will allow the organization to continue delivering recreational and fitness activities, as well as workshops. The project is expected to help 200 Canadians in Edmonton.

Quick Facts

  • Under the NHSP, up to $25,000 in grant funding can be provided to eligible organizations for community-based projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
  • Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
  • Economic Action Plan 2014 increased funding for the NHSP by $5 million per year, for a total of $50 million provided to this program annually.
  • Since 2006, $2.8 billion in annual tax relief has been provided to seniors and pensioners.
  • Minister Wong launched the Government of Canada Action for Seniors report in September 2014. The report is a new information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families and caregivers. It was created in collaboration with more than 22 federal departments and agencies. The report can be found on Canada.ca/Seniors.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support seniors in communities across Canada by lowering taxes and investing in meaningful initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program. By partnering with organizations, we can help to keep seniors active, engaged and informed."
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)

"I'd like to thank the Millwoods Cultural Society of Retired and Semi-Retired for supporting our Government's efforts to encourage seniors to stay active, engaged and informed. Together we are working hard to help improve the lives of seniors on many fronts."
– The Honourable Tim Uppal Minister of State (Multiculturalism)

"The Millwoods Cultural Society of Retired and Semi-Retired is very pleased to receive funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This funding will help with the purchase of equipment and renovation of facilities which will allow us to continue to offer recreational activities to seniors. This will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors. We look forward to meeting this objective through the NHSP."
- Ajaib Mann, President Millwoods Cultural Society of Retired and Semi-Retired

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Backgrounder

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. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others. Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

NHSP funding is targeted to community-based projects, pan-Canadian projects and pilot projects that focus on issues such as social isolation and intergenerational learning. Economic Action Plan 2014 increased funding for the NHSP by $5 million per year, for a total of $50 million provided to this program annually.

Community-based projects
Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.

The NHSP 2014–2015 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects was launched on May 13, 2014, and is now closed. Over 1,850 NHSP community-based projects were approved through this call for proposals.

Pan-Canadian projects
Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud abuse. These projects 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. Projects focus on developing tools, resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada. These projects are eligible to receive up to $750,000 in funding for up to three years.

Pilot projects
Pilot project funding provides support to help address seniors' isolation by establishing better social support networks and resources and initiating community interventions. It also supports intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new interests and share their knowledge and experience with others. These pilot projects are receiving up to $100,000 in federal funding over a maximum of 24 months, 50 percent of which is being matched with funding from other sources.

For more information on the NHSP, visit Canada.ca/Seniors.

 

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Justin Wood, Office of the Minister of State (Seniors), 613-852-3761; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca,

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