QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 26, 2018 /CNW/ - Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering seniors across Canada so they can contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.
In support of this commitment, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today announced that seniors in the Quebec City region will soon have new opportunities to take part in community activities, stay socially active and connected and enjoy the significant benefits of healthy ageing.
The Government of Canada has approved 19 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) community-based projects in the Quebec City region aimed at boosting social inclusion of seniors and fostering community vitality. The NHSP promotes positive aging by supporting seniors' volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. This popular program enhances senior's social well-being and enables seniors to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.
"We support a wide array of New Horizons for Seniors Program projects that bring seniors together in innovative ways to help build communities that are strong and vibrant. These grassroots projects are community-driven and promote social interaction, positive aging and seniors' well-being. They reach out to seniors and encourage them to pursue active lifestyles, expand their social network and play a leading role in activities that inspire goodwill, sharing and fellowship among community members."
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
- These projects were approved through the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals.
- Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.
- Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 21,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $452.5 million.
- The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.
- Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.
Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based Projects
Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Pan-Canadian Projects
New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging Seniors, Strengthening Communities
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 their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.
The objectives of the NHSP are:
- promoting volunteerism among seniors;
- engaging seniors in the community through mentoring of others;
- expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
- supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
- providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
NHSP funding supports community-based projects and pan-Canadian projects.
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 in grant funding. Approximately $35 million is provided each year for community-based projects.
More than 1,880 projects across Canada were approved through the NHSP 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects. It invited organizations to apply for funding for projects that help empower seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support communities by increasing their capacity to address local issues.
For more information, visit Canada.ca/funding-new-horizons-seniors-community.
Pan-Canadian projects test and share best practices across the country and replicate interventions that have worked well in addressing seniors' issues.
Projects that have received funding through the NHSP 2015–2016 Call for Proposals for Pan-Canadian Projects are using a collective impact approach where project partners work together to achieve measurable results in addressing social isolation among seniors.
These projects are funded for up to three years and receive financial support of up to $750,000.
More than $21 million is being made available for pan-Canadian projects funded through the NHSP 2015–2016 Call for Proposals.
For more information, visit Canada.ca/funding-new-horizons-seniors-pancan.
Quebec City region projects
The Government of Canada has approved 19 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) community-based projects in the Quebec City region1:
- Cercle de fermières Sainte-Odile
- Cercle de fermières Bourg-Royal
- Cercle de fermières Charlesbourg
- Cercle de fermières Lac-Saint-Charles
- Cercle de fermières Saint-Émile
- Club FADOQ les joyeux retraités de Charlesbourg
- Corporation Bénévoles d'Expertise
- Patro de Charlesbourg
- Regroupement des aînés de Saint-Émile
- Association des locataires du 3490 de La Pérade
- FADOQ Ste-Ursule inc.
- Fabrique de la paroisse Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin
- Cercle de fermières St-Raphaël
- Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat
- Association des locataires Père-Lelièvre
- Association des locataires Émile-Robitaille
- Association grandir
- Centre R.I.R.E. 2000
- Patro Laval inc.
1 The Department is presently in communication with all applicants that were approved for NHSP funding to confirm the eligible grant amount and finalize funding agreements.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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