BURNABY, BC, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister
of State (Seniors), today announced that seniors in various British
Columbia regions will benefit from projects that raise awareness about
elder abuse, funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program
"Our government is committed to ensuring that Canadian seniors have the
information and tools they need to prevent all forms of elder abuse,"
said Minister of State Wong. "This is a serious issue that must be
addressed. By supporting elder abuse prevention activities, our
government is helping to safeguard the well-being and security of
The Burnaby Multicultural Society received $200,000 in pan-Canadian
funding through the NHSP to organize workshops and presentations, and
offer resources in various ethnic languages to increase awareness and
promote the prevention of elder abuse in several regions in B.C.
Seniors, their families and community stakeholders will also benefit
from culturally tailored elder abuse awareness information and tools,
which include an awareness campaign in Chinese, Korean and Punjabi.
"We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their funding and
support of our Elder Abuse Network project," said Rana Dhatt, Executive
Director, Burnaby Multicultural Society. "This funding allows us to
raise awareness and promote prevention of elder abuse amongst immigrant
communities. This network has created a welcoming and participative
environment that engages both seniors and professionals in a dialogue
about elder abuse awareness."
This project is one of 33 pan-Canadian initiatives collectively
receiving over $14 million in NHSP funding.
The NHSP supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a
difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The
Government of Canada is investing over $33 million in support of more
than 1 750 NHSP projects that will lead to programs and activities for
seniors across Canada. These projects were approved through the
2012-2013 call for proposals.
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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 their communities, and
supports the Government of Canada's commitment to ensure the well-being
of Canadian seniors and ending elder abuse in all its forms. Since
2006, the NHSP has funded more than 11 200 projects in hundreds of
communities across Canada.
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. This
funding can enable community members to better recognize elder abuse in
all its forms and to improve the quality of life, safety and security
of seniors. Eligible pan-Canadian grant or contribution projects must
have a broad reach and impact. They are eligible for up to $250,000 in
funding per year, for up to three years.
Other Actions Taken by the Government of Canada to Combat Elder Abuse
In 2008, the Government launched the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative
(FEAI), a multi-departmental, three-year initiative to help seniors and
others recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and to provide
information on available supports. This initiative successfully
concluded in 2011.
Building on the momentum created by the FEAI, the Government continues
to address elder abuse through awareness campaigns that aim to help
Canadians recognize the signs of elder abuse and give them information
on available resources and supports.
In addition, the Government is addressing elder abuse through recently
introduced legislation that will help ensure consistently tough
penalties for offences involving the abuse of elderly people.
For more information on the NHSP, call 1 800 O-Canada or visit seniors.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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