ETOBICOKE, ON, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister
of State (Seniors), along with Ted Optiz, MP for Etobicoke Centre,
today announced New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding
totaling more than $94,000 to four organizations for their projects
involving seniors in various Toronto communities.
St. Demetrius Residence will establish the Active Living Seniors'
project to plan recreational and educational activities for seniors.
The Mississauga Jiahua Chinese Senior Association (MJCSA) will set up a
social committee to plan programs involving dance troupe, choir and
orchestra participants .The project, Creating the Performance Arts
Group for Seniors, aims to have participants stage performances that
bring to life Chinese culture and traditions.
Through their project Serbian Seniors against Bullying, the group
Serbians-Citizens of the World will organize activities with seniors
and youth, including workshops that address bullying and that boost
seniors' technical literacy.
Finally, with their project The Lawful Rights of Taiwanese Seniors in
Canada, the World of Taiwan Language & Cultural Association will
organize educational seminars and lectures on various topics, including
power of attorney, divorce, separation, preparation of tax documents
for a deceased person, and health topics such as wellness and
maintaining a healthy diet.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada funded through
the NHSP 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
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.
On May 13, 2014, Minister of State 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 because of significant damages caused
by flooding in June.
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 such as elder abuse, social isolation and intergenerational
The Government of Canada's seniors.gc.ca website provides seniors, their families and caregivers with important
information and resources on programs, services and benefits for
"Our government is proud to work with such remarkable organizations who
dedicate their time and energy to explore dynamic ways of involving
seniors in activities that will help raise awareness about elder abuse
and preserve cultural traditions."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
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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