Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

January 15, 2008 11:00 ET

Government of Canada to Help Seniors Participate More Fully in Their Communities

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2008) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for 915 New Horizons for Seniors Program projects across the country to ensure that seniors have the opportunity to participate and take an active leadership role in their communities.

Total funding for these projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program is $16,592,175. This amount includes $1,117,021 for 56 projects in Alberta.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening our communities and building our country," said Minister Solberg. "These projects will encourage seniors to continue sharing their skills, wisdom and experience with others."

"Our seniors have given so much to our country and our communities," added the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors). "They have worked hard all their lives and deserve our support. The Government of Canada recognizes that seniors have helped to build this country and want to continue participating and taking leadership roles in their communities."

In Budget 2007, the Government of Canada announced an additional investment of $10 million per year for two new components of the New Horizons for Seniors Program: raising awareness of elder abuse and providing capital assistance for upgrades to facilities and equipment used for existing seniors' programs. Projects funded under these new components will be announced in the spring of 2008.

The federal government is also acting to address the needs of Canada's seniors through the introduction of a series of important measures that include:

- establishing the National Seniors Council to advise the Government on issues of importance to older Canadians;

- enabling 1.6 million low-income seniors to benefit from increased monthly benefits available under the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and to make a one-time application for the GIS. As long as these seniors file income tax returns every year, they will never have to reapply;

- providing more than $1 billion in tax relief to Canadian seniors and pensioners in Budget 2007;

- allowing seniors to build their retirement savings in Registered Pension Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans for an extra two years until age 71; and

- raising the amount that seniors can claim under the age credit on their tax returns for 2007. With less income taxed, seniors save more.

Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded over 2,600 projects across Canada, inspiring seniors to bring their leadership, energy and skills to projects that benefit our communities. For more information about the Program, please visit the following Web site: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/community_partnerships/seniors/index.shtml.

A list of projects by province and territory, as well as a detailed list of funded projects in Alberta is available at the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/HRA_B_0115.pdf

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations
    819-994-5559