The Government of Canada supports programs and activities for seniors in Vaudreuil-Dorion



    VAUDREUIL-DORION, QC, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Michael M
Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
responsible for the Montreal Region, today announced funding for the
Parrainage Civique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in Quebec under the Government of
Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.
    Minister Fortier made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Monte
Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the
Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and
Secretary of State (Seniors).
    This funding will benefit seniors by improving the facilities and
equipment needed for them to stay involved in their communities.
    Speaking at the Parrainage Civique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Minister
Fortier announced funding of $25,000 to support a project in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening
our communities and building our country," said Mr. Fortier. "The project we
are funding in Vaudreuil-Dorion will enable the continuation of programs and
activities that play an important role in ensuring quality of life for
seniors."
    The Parrainage Civique de Vaudreuil-Soulanges will replace their roof,
windows and electrical system, benefiting more than 1000 people, most of whom
are seniors, and enabling them to remain actively engaged in their community.
    This project is funded under Capital Assistance, a new component of the
New Horizons for Seniors Program. This funding enables organizations with
programs for seniors to replace aging equipment or to make needed renovations
to their facilities.
    It is part of a $10 million per year commitment made in the 2007 federal
budget for capital assistance and to raise awareness of the issue of elder
abuse. This is in addition to the $19.5 million annually for the community
participation and leadership component of the program.
    Budget 2008 and other recent federal initiatives are also addressing the
needs of Canada's seniors through the introduction of a series of important
measures that include:

    
    - providing $13 million over three years to help seniors and others
      recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and to provide
      information on what support is available;
    - proposing to raise the current Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
      earned income exemption to $3,500 from $500. This means the typical GIS
      recipient will be able to keep more of her or his hard-earned money
      without any reduction in GIS benefits;
    - enabling 1.6 million low-income seniors to benefit from increased
      monthly benefits available under the Guaranteed Income Supplement and
      to make a one-time application for GIS. As long as they file income tax
      returns every year, these seniors will never have to re-apply;
    - establishing the National Seniors Council to advise the Government on
      issues of importance to older Canadians;
    - providing more than $1 billion in tax relief to Canadian seniors and
      pensioners;
    - allowing seniors to build their retirement savings in Registered
      Pension Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans for an extra two
      years until age 71; and
    - raising the amount that seniors can claim under the age credit on their
      tax returns for 2007. With less income taxed, seniors save more.
    

    To ensure that the New Horizons for Seniors Program and the programs
provided by the Government of Quebec complement each other, a Canada-Quebec
memorandum of understanding sets out the mechanisms for collaboration. Under
this memorandum of understanding, the projects funded by the New Horizons for
Seniors Program are recommended jointly by representatives of Human Resources
and Social Development Canada and the Secrétariat aux aînés du Québec,
following consultation with the Tables de concertation des aînés established
in every region of Quebec. This process is fully consistent with the broad
cross-Canada policy directions for the Program, under which people who are
engaged in seniors' issues review and recommend projects for funding.
    Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded over 2,600 projects across
Canada, improving equipment and facilities used for seniors' activities and
helping seniors to bring their leadership, energy and skills to benefit our
communities. For more information about the Program, please visit
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/community_partnerships/seniors/index.shtml.

    This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


    
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                       New Horizons for Seniors Program

    Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure
that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in
their community through their social participation and active living. This is
achieved through funding of community projects that help seniors share their
skills, wisdom and experience to benefit others, while reducing their social
isolation.
    Building on the success of the NHSP, in Budget 2007, the Government of
Canada increased the Program's budget by $10 million per year to provide
capital assistance for repairs to facilities and equipment related to existing
seniors' programs, and to raise awareness of elder abuse across Canada. This
has increased the total amount of funding available under the NHSP to
$28 million per year.
    As a result, the Program now offers three types of funding to
organizations:

    Original component
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    1. Community Participation and Leadership Funding: This funding supports
       community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage seniors
       to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping
       those in need, providing leadership and sharing their knowledge and
       skills with others.

    New funding components
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    2. Capital Assistance Funding: This funding helps non-profit
       organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for
       existing seniors' programs and activities. It enables seniors to
       continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs
       and activities in their communities.

    3. Elder Abuse Awareness Funding: This funding helps non-profit
       organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older
       adults on a national or regional level. Through this funding, new
       educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be
       available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.
    




For further information:

For further information: (media only): Pascal Doucet, Media Relations
Coordinator, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media
Relations, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, (819) 994-5559; Pema
Lhalungpa, Press Secretary, Office of Minister Solberg, (819) 994-2482


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