Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

March 14, 2007 15:00 ET

Canada's New Government Supports Active Life for Saskatoon Seniors

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2007) - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Blackstrap and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today celebrated $70,944 to fund five projects in Saskatoon through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

"Canada's New Government recognizes the important and continuing role seniors play in strengthening our communities and building our country," said Parliamentary Secretary Yelich. "It is community-based groups, organizations, and associations that play an invaluable role in the quality of life of our seniors in Saskatoon."

The Government has recently announced that more than $580,000 has been invested in over 40 New Horizons for Seniors projects across Saskatchewan. New Horizons provides grants to support community-based projects that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living.

Canada's New Government has been working hard to improve the lives of seniors. In just one year, it has:

- created the position of Secretary of State (Seniors);

- created the National Seniors Council, which will advise the federal government on all matters related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors;

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

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

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

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

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

- expanded the Compassionate Care Benefit, making more Canadians eligible; and

- introduced a Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

For more information on the New Horizons for Seniors Program, visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/isp/horizons/toc.shtml.

The list of five projects funded in Saskatoon is included in the attached backgrounder:

http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/hutab1.doc

BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides funding to support a range of community-based projects across Canada that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living. By focusing on seniors' important role in Canada's communities, the program also gives seniors more opportunity to share their wealth of knowledge and help others.

Funded projects are inspired, implemented, and led by seniors; they support broad national objectives and regional priorities set by Review Committees in each province. Review Committees consist of members who are active in seniors' and community issues and include representation from the federal and provincial or territorial governments. The committees also review and recommend proposals for funding.

Individual proposals are eligible for up to $25,000 in funding, and the maximum length of a project is one year. The 2006-2007 Call for Applications resulted in 775 seniors' projects approved for funding of nearly $14 million.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Carrie Zdunich
    Assistant to Parliamentary Secretary Yelich
    306-260-0708