Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

October 01, 2007 10:00 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Investment to Help Seniors Enjoy a Better Quality of Life

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) - The Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), today on the International Day of Older Persons, made an announcement that builds on the work of Canada's New Government to improve the lives of seniors.

As announced in Budget 2007, $10 milllion in funding is going to be made available soon to Canadian seniors groups who want to develop public awareness and education projects that combat elder abuse and fraud, and upgrade community buildings and equipment used by seniors.

"Security and protection is very important to seniors, especially from elder abuse and fraud. At the same time, our seniors want to enjoy the best quality of life by staying active and social," said Minister LeBreton. "That is why Canada's New Government is delivering on its commitment to fund elder abuse and fraud awareness projects, and to help repair and improve seniors centres."

Joining Minister LeBreton to make the announcement was the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean.

"This announcement is another positive example of how our government is showing to Canadian seniors that actions speak louder than words," said Minister Baird. "By increasing awareness of elder abuse and fraud, we are reaching out to remind seniors of these risks, and also encourage them to speak out."

Canadian research indicates that between 4 and 10 percent of older adults experience some kind of abuse or neglect.

A call for proposals will be announced in November to let seniors and seniors groups know how they can apply for funding, which is available under the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Information will become available at http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/seniors/ or by contacting a local member of Parliament.

Minister LeBreton and Minister Baird also congratulated the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, who today will receive an award that recognizes the Government of Canada's leadership in addressing aging issues on a global scale. Minister Clement will receive the 2007 Help the Aged International Award at a ceremony at Trafalgar Square in London, England.

Today's announcement builds on other recent Government of Canada efforts to improve the lives of seniors by:

- creating the National Seniors Council;

- providing tax relief by allowing pension income splitting for pensioners, beginning in the 2007 tax year;

- providing tax relief by increasing the age credit by $1,000 (from $4,066 to $5,066), effective in the 2006 tax year;

- providing tax relief by increasing the maximum amount of eligible pension income that can be claimed under the pension income credit from $1,000 to $2,000, putting almost $900 million back in the hands of seniors over the next two years and removing 85 000 pensioners from the tax rolls;

- increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement maximum benefit, benefiting more than 50 000 seniors, and proposing legislation to make it easier for seniors to apply for and receive the Supplement;

- expanding the Compassionate Care Benefit, making more family members and friends eligible;

- increasing the Refundable Medical Expense Supplement tax credit by more than 30 per cent to $1,000; and

- introducing the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program Funding

The New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports local projects across Canada that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living.

Budget 2007 announced the expansion of the New Horizons for Seniors Program by $10 million per year to address elder abuse and to provide capital assistance for community buildings and equipment related to programs for seniors.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their community. Building on this goal, the new elder abuse awareness funding will foster the development of educational and awareness activities to help reduce the incidence of abuse of older adults. Through this funding, new resources will be available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.

The new capital assistance funding helps organizations that need to upgrade their facilities or equipment for seniors' programs. This will enable seniors to continue to lead active lives within their community.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister LeBreton
    James Maunder
    613-943-0756
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    www.rhdsc.gc.ca