Member of Parliament Jacques Gourde announces $29,800 in funding to support two projects for seniors in the Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière region

    SAINT-FLAVIEN, QC, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for
Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg,
Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, announced today that
$29,800 will be awarded to two projects as part of the New Horizons for
Seniors Program.
    The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides grants to support a range
of community-based projects that encourage seniors to contribute to their
communities through social participation.

    The following organizations were awarded funding:

    - the Carrefour des personnes aînées de Lotbinière, which received
      $25,000 for the project "Un milieu de vie de qualité;" and
    - the Service d'entraide de Breakeyville, which received $4,800 for the
      project "La brochette santé-améliorée."

    "Canada's New Government recognizes the contribution of seniors to making
Canada what it is today, and we should be indebted to them," Mr. Gourde said.
"Projects like the ones I have the pleasure of announcing encourage seniors to
share their skills, wisdom and experience."
    Canada's New Government is acting to address the needs of seniors through
the introduction of a series of important measures that include:

    - providing an increase of $10 million a year to the New Horizons for
      Seniors Program for projects dealing with abuse and fraud, and for
      fixed assets and equipment for communities making use of projects for
    - amending the tax policy for seniors to allow pension income splitting
      for pensioners beginning in 2007 when they file their annual tax
    - bringing forward legislation to make it easier for seniors to apply for
      and receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement;
    - doubling the pension income tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000-putting
      almost $900 million back in the hands of seniors over the next two
      years; and
    - introducing a Tax Fairness Plan that will increase the age credit by
      $1,000 (from $4,066 to $5,066) starting this tax year.

    To ensure that the New Horizons for Seniors Program and the programs
provided by the Government of Quebec complement each other, a Canada-Quebec
memorandum of understanding sets out the mechanisms for collaboration. Under
this memorandum of understanding, the projects funded by the New Horizons for
Seniors Program are recommended jointly by representatives of Human Resources
and Social Development Canada and the Secrétariat aux aînés du Québec,
following consultation with the Tables de concertation des aînés established
in every region of Quebec. This process is fully consistent with the broad
cross-Canada policy directions for the Program, under which people who are
engaged in seniors' issues review and recommend projects for funding.
    For more information about the New Horizons for Seniors Program, please

    The attached backgrounder contains a description of the two projects.

    This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.



    Organization    Project Description              Location       Amount
    Carrefour des   Seniors will stage a play to     Saint-Flavien  $25,000
    personnes       increase seniors' awareness of
    aînées de       their rights and of the services
    Lotbinière      available to them.
    Service         This project helped train and    Breakeyville   $4,800
    d'entraide de   advise seniors to prepare them
    Breakeyville    for volunteer work. The project
                    encouraged seniors to participate
                    in their communities.

For further information:

For further information: (media only): Diane Viau, Service Canada,
Quebec Region, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2498; Media Relations, Human Resources and
Social Development Canada, (819) 994-5559

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