EDMONTON, AB, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Edmonton seniors who are facing
difficult issues will soon have more support, the Honourable Kevin
Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance), announced today on behalf of the
Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors). Two Alberta
organizations are receiving a total of $42,890 through the New Horizons
for Seniors Program (NHSP).
The South East Edmonton Seniors Association is receiving funding for its
Senior to Senior Anti-Bullying project to develop an anti-bullying
toolkit, which will be used to educate and equip elderly persons living
in seniors' residences, as well as residences' staff to better deal
with offensive behaviour and confrontation. Additionally, the Alberta
Caregivers Association is receiving funding for its Caregiver
Connection Centre project. The aim of this project is to reduce social
isolation among senior caregivers by providing a centralized gathering
place to connect with other caregivers for mutual support and
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada. NHSP-funded
projects help ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and
are able to be active, participating members of their communities.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes an additional $5 million per year for
the NHSP to support projects that benefit seniors. This is in addition
to the $45 million the Government already provides to this program
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
"Our government is proud to work with the South East Edmonton Seniors
and Alberta Caregivers Associations to support their projects, which
will equip seniors and staff with skills needed to address bullying and
provide additional resources to combat isolation seniors may face as
The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance)
"The funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program gives caregivers
a place to connect and unwind. Caregiving can be a very rewarding
experience, but it can also be very challenging and isolating.
Connecting with fellow caregivers makes a huge difference - you can
almost see a burden being lifted off their shoulders."
Anna Mann, Executive Director of the Alberta Caregivers Association.
"Bullying in senior residences is a common response when the give and
take of communal living is not properly addressed. SEESA began the for
seniors by seniors project, made possible in part by the Government of
Canada's New Horizon's For Seniors Program, to explore how residents
can co-create the kind of communities in which they want to live".
Karen Sheridan, member, South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA)
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 in their communities.
Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share
their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
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.
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.
Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves
from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud. These projects
help community members recognize elder abuse in all its forms and
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 may be eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year for a
maximum of three years.
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 eligible to receive up to $100,000 in federal
funding over a maximum of 24 months, which will be matched with funding
from other sources.
For more information on the NHSP, visit esdc.gc.ca/seniors.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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