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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, March 1, 2010-The Government of Canada is once again accepting applications from not-for-profit organizations who want to give Canada's seniors the opportunity to participate in and lead projects that will improve their quality of life and make a difference in their communities.

Today, the latest call for proposals under the Community Participation and Leadership stream of the New Horizons for Seniors Program was launched by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).

Under the Program's Community Participation and Leadership stream, non-profit organizations can apply for up to $25,000 per project.

"The Government of Canada remains committed to the well-being of Canadian seniors," said Minister Finley. "Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are supporting local organizations and creating new opportunities for seniors to contribute their leadership, energy, wisdom and skills to their communities."

"We recognize that Canada has a growing and diverse seniors' population," added Minister of State Ablonczy. "That is why we are steadfast in our commitment to provide funding to programs that aim to improve the lives of seniors. Projects like these encourage our ageing population to take an active role in their communities, while also providing them with opportunities to build stronger connections with people of all generations."

The deadline for applications for all of Canada except Quebec is April 16, 2010. In Quebec, the Government of Canada intends to launch a call for proposals for both the Community Participation and Leadership and Capital Assistance funding streams in spring 2010. To find out more about this upcoming call, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 5,500 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, and has the capacity to provide up to $28.1 million in funding each year.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government continues to protect Canadians, including seniors, in difficult times by implementing several key measures:

  • Providing approximately $1.9 billion annually in tax relief to seniors and pensioners;
  • Increasing the Age Credit by $1,000 for 2009 and beyond to allow eligible seniors to receive up to an additional $150 in annual tax savings;
  • Helping older workers and their families by investing an additional $60 million over three years in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, and by expanding the number of eligible communities to include older workers in small cities;
  • Providing $400 million over two years through the Affordable Housing Initiative for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors; and
  • Investing $13 million over three years to help raise awareness of elder abuse and assist seniors in dealing with this difficult issue.

 

For more information on the Government of Canada's actions to support seniors, please visit www.seniors.gc.ca.

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Backgrounder

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps to ensure that seniors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from the quality of life in their communities.

Building on the success of the NHSP, in Budget 2007, the Government of Canada increased the Program's budget by $10 million, therefore increasing the total annual budget to $35 million per year (of which $28.1 million is available for project funding).

The Program offers three types of funding to organizations:

  1. Community Participation and Leadership funding (up to $25,000 in funding): this funding supports community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.

  2. Capital Assistance funding (up to $25,000 in funding): this funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing seniors' programs and activities. It enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs and activities in their communities.

  3. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 in funding annually over a maximum of three years): this funding helps non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older adults on a national or regional level. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.
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