VANCOUVER, July 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors) announced today New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP)
funding for over $52,000 to the Japanese Community Volunteer
Association, known in the Greater Vancouver area as Tonari Gumi, for
its Lighthouse Project for At-Risk Japanese Seniors.
The project aims to promote volunteerism and engagement of seniors,
including those who are at risk, in the Vancouver community. These
programs will increase social inclusion and participation of seniors
with dementia and will provide outreach services for seniors who are
isolated and without family support by involving them in various
A toolkit will be made available to other community organizations across
Canada so they can replicate the project.
The Government of Canada has provided more than $1.7 million in NHSP
funding support for 24 NHSP pilot projects across Canada that will lead
to new programs and activities that help reduce social isolation of
Economic Action Plan 2014 has recently proposed an additional $5 million
per year for the NHSP to support additional projects that benefit
seniors. This is in addition to the $45 million the Government already
provides to this program annually.
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada. NHSP funding supports projects that focus on
issues like elder abuse, social isolation and intergenerational
In 2013, an NHSP call for proposals for pilot projects on social
isolation and intergenerational learning was launched. In May 2014,
Minister of State Wong announced that 20 of these projects had been
approved. An additional 4 projects have since been approved, for a
total of 24 projects now underway.
The Government of Canada's website Seniors.gc.ca provides seniors, their families and caregivers with important
information and resources about elder abuse.
"Our government is proud to work with organizations like Tonari Gumi.
This project is a wonderful example of how we can help engage seniors
with dementia and address the issue of isolation of seniors in the
Greater Vancouver area."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"We are very pleased that the federal government's New Horizons for
Seniors Program will be supporting our Lighthouse Project for At-Risk
Japanese Seniors. This valuable support will enable us to better assist
vulnerable and isolated seniors within the Greater Vancouver Japanese
Canadian community who may be suffering from disabilities such as
dementia and Alzheimer's disease."
- Joji Kumagai, Chair of Board of Directors, Japanese Community
Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi).
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: 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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