KELOWNA, BC, Aug. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister
of State (Seniors), announced today that seniors in Kelowna will be
receiving support from the Government for a building renovation project
that will foster social participation and inclusion.
The Dr. Gurmeet Singh Randhawa Seniors Society is receiving close to
$25,000 in federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program
(NHSP). This program supports projects led or inspired by seniors who
want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their
Through this project, the society will install a new furnace, heating
controls, and flooring. A pool table will also be replaced. The
facility renovations will help continue to provide seniors with a
social gathering place to support social participation and inclusion.
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 increased funding for the NHSP by
$5 million per year. 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
Minister Wong launched the NHSP 2014-2015 Call for Proposals for
Community-Based Projects on May 13, 2014. Through this call for
proposals, which is now closed, organizations may receive up to $25,000
in grant funding for projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
"Our government is proud to work with organizations like the Dr. Gurmeet
Singh Randhawa Seniors Society to increase the social participation and
inclusion of seniors. By supporting projects like these under the New
Horizons for Seniors Program, we are ensuring seniors maintain a good
quality of life and continue to be active members of their
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
"The well-being of Canadian seniors is a priority for our government. We
demonstrate our support through community initiatives like this one and
I am happy to be sharing this good news for seniors in Kelowna-Lake
- The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country
"Isolation for seniors is a very real concern for any community. It is
grants such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program that allow
communities to renovate their senior centers. Without this help, the
renovations would simply not be possible. Our seniors are very happy
with their new space and continue to meet with others regularly in a
safe and inviting environment for their social time."
- Nirmal Singh Sahota, President of Dr. Gurmeet Singh Randhawa 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.
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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