Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

March 05, 2007 13:38 ET

Government of Canada Invests $50,078 in Nunavut to Encourage Seniors to Actively Participate in their Communities

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(CCNMatthews - March 5, 2007) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $50,078 in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This Government of Canada funding for three projects in Nunavut will help seniors participate in and lead activities within their communities.

"Canada's New Government has listened to seniors across Canada express an interest in becoming more active and making long-lasting differences in their communities," said Minister Prentice. "In response, we are proud to invest in these New Horizons for Seniors projects and ensure seniors can contribute to community life in ways they feel will make a difference."

This announcement follows two national announcements made earlier today by Ministers LeBreton and Solberg. Minister Solberg confirmed national funding of almost $14 million for 775 New Horizons for Seniors Program projects across Canada, while Minister LeBreton announced the creation of a National Seniors Council.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides grants to support a range of community-based projects across Canada that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living. Projects support broad national objectives and regional priorities.

In just one year, Canada's New Government has been making a difference to make significant improvements to the lives of seniors:

- Created the position of Secretary of State (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 Guaranteed Income 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 www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

A list of the projects is included in the attached backgrounder.: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/back_nunavut.pdf

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 the important role of seniors in Canada's communities, the program also gives seniors more opportunity to share their wealth of knowledge and help others.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program was launched in 2004 and has proven to be popular, funding 1,700 projects across Canada in just three years. Due to project successes, the program's budget will be almost $20 million in 2007.

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.

Seven hundred and seventy-five projects were approved for funding of nearly $14 million.

For more information, please consult: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/isp/horizons/toc.shtml.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
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    or
    Communications, Service Canada
    Katrina Carreiro
    780-495-6226