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Seniors in Malpeque Benefit from New Horizons for Seniors Program

 

News Release

April 13, 2017
Hunter River, Prince Edward Island

Hon. Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, is pleased to announce that various organizations in the riding of Malpeque will receive financial support through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to get their projects off the ground.

In the riding of Malpeque:

· The Senior Surfers Club in Kensington is receiving $8,340. through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This is to support social participation and inclusion of seniors through cultural awareness sessions offered by PEI Newcomers;

· The Pleasant Valley Memorial Church is receiving $14,000. through the NHSP. Seniors involved with the organization will support social participation and inclusion of seniors by bringing seniors and the community together to create a community history book and website;

· The Community of Miltonvale Park will receive $6,950. to assist with collecting their community history by meeting with seniors to gather information and photos and they will take workshops on PowerPoint and scrapbooking; and

· The Milton Community Hall is receiving $5,222. The organization will install a stage scrim, throw projector and pencil microphones to allow the seniors to continue to be engaged in theatrical community performances and begin improvisation sessions.

Easter stated, “Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.”

The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2016–2017 Call for Proposals.

Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian seniors can get involved in community activities that meet their needs and interests, tap their collective resources and experiences, and promote their participation. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects like these so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”

-Hon. Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque

Associated Links

Funding: New Horizons for Seniors

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Contact:

Office of Hon. Wayne Easter
613-992-2406 or wayne.easter.c1c@parl.gc.ca

 

 

Backgrounder

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 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 per year per organization in grant funding.

The NHSP 2016–2017 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects closed on July 29, 2016. It invited organizations to apply for funding of up to $25,000 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.

Close to 1,850 projects across Canada were approved through the NHSP 2016–2017 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects and are now in progress.

It is anticipated that the NHSP 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects will be launched in spring 2017.

For more information, visit New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Pan-Canadian projects

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.

Successful projects are up to three years in duration and are receiving funding 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 New Horizons for Seniors Program.