Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

April 30, 2008 09:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in St. John's and Mount Pearl

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced funding of $30,128 for two projects in St. John's and Mount Pearl under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

Minister Hearn made the announcement 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).

"The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening our communities and building our country," said Minister Hearn. "The projects we are funding in St. John's and Mount Pearl will enable the continuation of programs and activities that play an important role in ensuring quality of life for seniors."

The Fort Pepperrell Life Members Club will receive funding of $25,000, and the Mount Pearl Seniors Independence Group will receive $5,128. The funding will allow both organizations to continue to offer programs and activities that benefit seniors living in St. John's and Mount Pearl.

This funding will benefit seniors by improving the facilities and equipment needed for them to stay involved in their communities.

These projects are funded under a new component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Capital Assistance, which helps organizations that offer programs and activities for seniors to replace aging equipment or have needed renovations done.

This funding is part of a $10-million-per-year commitment made in the 2007 federal budget to provide capital assistance and to raise awareness of elder abuse. This has increased the total funding available under the NHSP to $28 million per year.

Budget 2008 and other recent federal initiatives are also addressing the needs of Canada's seniors through the introduction of a series of important measures that include:

- providing $13 million over three years to help seniors and others recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and to provide information on what support is available;

- proposing to raise the current Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) earned income exemption to $3,500 from $500. This means that typical GIS recipients will be able to keep more of their hard-earned money without any reduction in GIS benefits;

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

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

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

- 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 launch, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 2,600 projects across Canada, improving equipment and facilities used for seniors' activities and helping seniors to bring their leadership, energy and skills to benefit our communities. For more information about the Program, please visit


New Horizons for Seniors Program

Last year, the Government of Canada increased the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) budget by $10 million per year to provide Capital Assistance funding and Elder Abuse Awareness funding. This has increased the total available funding for the NHSP to $28 million per year. Today's announcement is a result of this additional funding under the Capital Assistance component of the Program.

Capital Assistance funding provides support to organizations to replace equipment or renovate their facilities so that they can maintain programs and activities offered to seniors. This helps seniors to continue to participate and lead active lives through programs in their communities.

The overall mandate of the NHSP is to help ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through social participation and active living.

As a result of the additional $10 million per year, the Program now offers three types of funding to organizations:

New funding components

1. 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. The last Call for Applications closed on December 14, 2007, and applicants received decision letters in March 2008.

2. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 in funding): 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. The last Call for Proposals closed on December 14, 2007, and proposals are being assessed.

Original component

3. 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.

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Contact Information

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