RICHMOND, BC, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Seniors in Richmond will have new
opportunities to engage with youth in their community thanks to the New
Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Honourable Alice Wong,
Minister of State (Seniors), announced today.
The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding
for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada. These projects,
selected from the NHSP's 2013-2014 call for proposals, will lead to a
variety of new programs and activities for seniors.
The Chabad of Richmond is receiving more than $15,000 for its Hello Bubby, Hello Zaidy project through the NHSP's community-based grants.
The Hello Bubby, Hello Zaidy project, a seniors-led mentorship program, will allow seniors to mentor
students from grades one to seven in Jewish customs and skills through
social and educational activities. The activities include culinary,
cultural and artistic skills.
On May 13, 2014, Minister Wong launched the 2014-2015 NHSP Call for
Proposals for Community-Based Projects, which will close on July 4,
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes an additional $5 million per year for
the NHSP to support additional projects that benefit seniors.
NHSP-funded projects help offset the challenges of our aging
demographics, which is important since the number of seniors in Canada
is expected to double in the next 20 years.
Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
"Our government is proud to work with organizations like the Chabad of
Richmond, so that seniors can remain active and productive members of
their community. This intergenerational project is a unique opportunity
for seniors in Richmond to form new connections by mentoring
school-aged children through social, cultural and educational
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"The New Horizons for Seniors Program funding has given us a big step up
in our service to seniors in our community. It has allowed us to engage
them in social activities and gives them the opportunity to share and
pass on traditions to the younger generation."
- Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman, Director of Chabad of Richmond
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 like 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 to recognize elder abuse in all its forms and to
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 of federal
funding over a maximum of 24 months, which will be matched with funding
from other sources. The first call for proposals for pilot projects was
launched on October 3, 2013, and closed on November 13, 2013.
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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