Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 16, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Projects to Support Canadian Seniors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2012) - Seniors across Canada can look forward to new services and activities in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The announcement was made today by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley.

"Seniors have made an incredible contribution to building Canada and our Government is committed to investing in programs that support their continued well-being and participation in our communities," said Dr. Leitch. "The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides funding at the local level, to help organizations assist seniors with maintaining high-quality, active lives."

The announcement was made at the People and Organizations in Northern Toronto (Point), which will receive $25,000 for its project to support social participation and inclusion of seniors by engaging them in community activities.

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. This year, the Government of Canada will provide more than $35.6 million in funding for almost 2,000 community projects.

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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 Harper Government encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

The 2011-12 community-based projects call for proposals ran from June 20 to September 16, 2011. Projects can receive up to $25,000 in funding and must address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation, and capital assistance.

Since its beginning, the Program has funded more than 10,400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

Province or Territory Number of Projects Total Funding Amount
Alberta 127 $2,674,862
British Columbia 253 $4,980,020
Manitoba 102 $1,636,223
New Brunswick 53 $1,139,580
Newfoundland and Labrador 45 $861,279
Northwest Territories 11 $250,116
Nova Scotia 91 $1,356,351
Nunavut 8 $196,285
Ontario 573 $12,347,902
Prince Edward Island 32 $503,650
Quebec 526 $8,011,809
Saskatchewan 89 $1,439,374
Yukon 13 $250,893
Total 1923 $35,648,344

The next NHSP call for proposals is expected to launch in spring 2012. For more information on the NHSP, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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