VANCOUVER, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Seniors in Vancouver will soon have new
opportunities to build stronger connections within their community
through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Honourable
Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) made the announcement today at
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House.
"Our government recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and
experience seniors contribute to our society and the economy," said
Minister of State Wong. "Through initiatives like this one, we are
taking action to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life
and continue to be active members of their communities."
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House received $25,000 for its project to
strengthen the connection between immigrant seniors and younger
community and family members. Volunteers will help seniors document
their personal stories in both digital and scrapbooking formats, and
later present them as part of an intergenerational memory-keepers
"Neighbourhood Houses provide opportunities for seniors, especially
those who are vulnerable, to participate in health and wellness
programs," said Jocelyne Hamel, Executive Director, Mount Pleasant
Neighbourhood House. "Through programs such as Leaving Legacies, funded
by the NHSP, we help seniors take leadership, stay connected, learn new
skills, celebrate their lives—both the past and present—and give them
something to look forward to in the future."
The Government of Canada is investing more than $33 million for over 1
750 NHSP projects to support programs and activities for seniors across
Canada. These projects were approved through the 2012-2013 call for
For more information on the NHSP, visit seniors.gc.ca.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
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 benefit others. Since 2006,
the NHSP has funded more than 11 200 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
NHSP funding is available for both pan-Canadian and community-based
Pan-Canadian projects focus on developing or identifying tools, resources and
promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities,
regions and the country to address elder abuse. They are eligible for
up to $250,000 in funding per year for up to three years.
Community-based project funding provides support for activities that are inspired or
led by seniors and address one or more of the program's five
objectives. Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to
$25,000 per year per organization in grant funding. Earlier this year,
the Government of Canada launched a call for proposals for
community-based projects. The call closed across Canada on July 5,
2013, except in Alberta, where it closed on July 19, and in Quebec,
where it closed on September 6. Project applications are currently
A subsequent call for proposals for pilot projects was launched on
October 3, 2013, and closed on November 13, 2013. This call sought
proposals for larger-value, longer-duration pilot projects focussing
specifically on seniors' isolation and/or intergenerational learning.
Projects will receive up to $100,000 over 24 months in contribution
funding, engage partners and leverage funding from other community
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Director of Communications
Office of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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