Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

January 15, 2008 14:00 ET

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

WESTVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2008) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), today announced funding for 47 projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program, to ensure seniors in Nova Scotia have the opportunity to participate and take an active leadership role within their communities.

Total funding of $619,901 is being provided.

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

In the federal 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: to raise awareness of elder abuse, and to provide 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 they 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;
- enabling seniors to build their retirement savings in Registered Pension
Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans for an extra two years
until age 71;
- raising the amount seniors can claim under the age credit on their tax
returns for 2007. With less income taxed, seniors save more.

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program 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 New Horizons for Seniors Program, please visit the following Web site:

A detailed list of funded projects in Nova Scotia is available at

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Solberg
    Press Secretary
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations