TORONTO, July 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of
State (Seniors), together with Member of Parliament Mark Adler, today
announced New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding worth $22,000
to the Bernard Betel Centre for its project, Empowerment and
Expression: Senior Voices through Art.
The Bernard Betel Centre will organize town hall meetings to promote the
social inclusion of seniors through art projects that will focus on
elder abuse awareness. The Centre's activities include designing and
creating an arts-centred elder abuse awareness curriculum based on best
practices. Other activities focus on recruiting and training
experienced senior volunteer artists, creating outreach materials to
disseminate information about elder abuse and displaying seniors' arts
projects to make them widely available to the public.
The Government of Canada has made combatting elder abuse a top priority
and is addressing elder abuse through awareness activities, legislation
and the NHSP.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada. These projects
were approved through the New Horizons for Seniors Program 2013-2014
Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects. 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 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
On May 13, 2014, Minister Wong launched the NHSP 2014-2015 Call for
Proposals for Community-Based Projects. Through this call for
proposals, organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding for
projects that are led or inspired by seniors. The call closed across
Canada on July 4, 2014, except in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where it
was extended until July 18, 2014, as a result of significant damages
caused by flooding in June.
To better protect seniors from mistreatment such as fraud and financial
abuse, the Government has passed or introduced legislation such as the
Digital Privacy Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
A brochure on powers of attorney and joint bank accounts was released in November
2013 by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for
Seniors Forum to inform seniors about the risks, benefits and possible
unintended consequences of opening a joint bank account or granting
someone a power of attorney.
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 committed to ensuring that Canadian seniors have the
information and tools they need to prevent all forms of elder abuse. I
commend the Bernard Betel Centre for their hard work in supporting
prevention activities which will educate and inspire seniors to work
within their community and raise awareness of elder abuse."
-The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"The well-being and security of Canadian seniors are a priority for our
government, and we are proud to work with creative organizations such
as the Bernard Betel Centre. With its project, Empowerment and
Expression: Senior Voices through Art, the Centre will empower hundreds
of seniors to communicate their impressions of elder abuse through
-Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre
"The Bernard Betel Centre, its community partners and most especially
the seniors we collectively serve are most grateful and honoured to
have been awarded a Government of Canada New Horizons for Seniors
Program grant. Our project will provide arts-based opportunities for
older adults to share feelings of loneliness, isolation and abuse—to
find their voices through means they control."
-Adam Silver, Executive Director, Bernard Betel Centre
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.
Government of Canada's Support of Elder Abuse Prevention
Protecting Canada's Seniors Act
The Protecting Canada's Seniors Act, which came into force in January 2013, better protects seniors by
ensuring tougher sentences for those who take advantage of elderly
Canadians. Under the amendments to the Criminal Code, evidence that an offence had a significant impact on the victims due
to their age—and other personal circumstances such as their health or
financial situation—will now be considered an aggravating factor for
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
The Government of Canada recently introduced the Digital Privacy Act in
Parliament, which amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). PIPEDA sets the rules private sector organizations must follow
when collecting, using or disclosing personal information in the course
of commercial activity.
The new legislation will also allow banks and other organizations to
notify officials or a client's next of kin if they suspect that an
elderly client is the victim of financial abuse. Officials at Industry
Canada, with the support of Employment and Social Development Canada,
will work with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to provide guidance
to banks and other affected organizations about factors to be
considered in using their discretion in this area and about related
Canadian Victims Bill of Rights
The Government of Canada recently announced the introduction of
legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would
transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal
level, clear rights for victims of crime—a first in Canadian history.
The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights would transform the role of victims
of crimes in the criminal justice system by creating statutory rights
for them. For the first time in Canadian history, criminal law
provisions would be framed clearly to include rights for victims of
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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