Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 24, 2012 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Highlights Elder Abuse Awareness Project in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 24, 2012) - The Government of Canada continues to combat elder abuse by funding projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona, highlighted NHSP funding today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is committed to ensuring the well-being of Canadian seniors and we remain dedicated to ending elder abuse in all its forms," said Minister Wong. "That is why our government is taking the necessary steps to help raise awareness of this serious issue."

"Seniors are valued members of our society who deserve to be treated with respect," said Mr. Toet. "By investing in elder abuse awareness projects, our government is helping to protect the dignity and well-being of Canadian seniors."

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre Inc. will receive $350,000 to develop and disseminate workshops, online tools, training materials and resources to enable credit unions in Manitoba to champion efforts in their communities to prevent financial abuse. The results will be shared with communities across Canada.

This is one of 33 pan-Canadian NHSP projects, totalling $14.6 million, that were announced on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15.

The NHSP helps ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. For more information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

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BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences for the benefit of others. Since its beginning, the Program has funded more than 10 400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

Pan-Canadian projects focus on developing or identifying tools, resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada to address elder abuse. This funding can enable community members to better recognize elder abuse in all its forms and to improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors. Eligible pan-Canadian grant or contribution projects must have a broad reach and impact. They are eligible for up to $250,000 in funding per year, for up to three years.

A call for proposals for pan-Canadian projects was launched on October 17, 2011, and closed on November 25, 2011. A total of 33 elder abuse awareness and prevention projects were approved and will receive over $14.6 million in funding.

Other actions taken by the Government of Canada to combat elder abuse

In 2008, the Government launched the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative (FEAI), a multi-departmental, three-year initiative to help seniors and others recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and to provide information on available supports. This initiative successfully concluded on March 31, 2011.

Building on the momentum created by the FEAI, the Government continues to address elder abuse through awareness campaigns that aim to help Canadians recognize the signs of elder abuse and give them information on available resources and supports. For more information, visit seniors.gc.ca.

In addition, the Government is addressing elder abuse through recently introduced legislation that would help ensure consistently tough penalties for offences involving the abuse of elderly persons.

Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong
    613-790-0219

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559