Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 26, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Seeks Proposals for Projects that Support Families and Children

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - The Government of Canada is inviting not-for-profit organizations to apply for project funding that will support Canadian families, children and youth.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced today a new Call for Proposals under the Children and Families component of the Social Development Partnerships Program. The funding will support not-for-profit organizations' work in developing and testing programs that will enhance the well-being of Canadian families and children.

"Families are the building blocks of our society," said Minister Finley. "We support community not-for-profit organizations so they can develop innovative solutions that benefit children, families and communities."

Contribution funding up to a maximum of $200,000 per year, for 24 or 36 months, will be provided for projects under three funding priorities: supporting children, youth and families; caregiving over the life course; and strengthening not-for-profit organizations.

The Call for Proposals will be open until May 8, 2009.

The Social Development Partnerships Program provides funding to organizations that support the well-being of Canadians. For example, not-for-profit organizations carry out projects to help families taking care of elderly parents, while raising children, and youth who are at risk of dropping out of high school; and to increase opportunities and accessibility for people with disabilities. These organizations work to develop a better understanding of the issues many Canadians face, and to provide them with greater access to information, programs and services.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken a number of steps, including those proposed in Canada's Economic Action Plan, that will reduce taxes on individuals, families and businesses by an estimated $220 billion throughout 2008-2009, and the following five fiscal years.

While Canadians at all income levels will benefit from this tax relief, proportionately greater savings will be available to families with low to middle incomes. Permanent tax relief measures proposed in Canada's Economic Action Plan include:

- an increase of 7.5 per cent in the basic personal amount over its 2008 level, so that Canadians can earn more before paying federal income taxes;

- an estimated $1.5 billion in additional support through enhancements to the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the National Child Benefit supplement;

- an enhanced Working Income Tax Benefit to help make work more rewarding for about 1.5 million low-income Canadians; and

- a $1,000 increase in the Age Credit amount to provide tax savings to about 2.2 million seniors.

For more information on the Children and Families component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, please visit the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Web site at the following: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/community_partnerships/sdpp/index.shtml.

BACKGROUNDER

The Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, research institutes and professional associations for their work to support:

- people with disabilities;

- children and their families; and

- other vulnerable or excluded people in Canada.

Program funding enables and encourages not-for-profit organizations to develop innovative solutions and to share knowledge that will improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

In support of Canadian families, children and youth, the Call for Proposals will provide funding for projects that:

- develop, test, expand, adapt or share effective practices and service delivery models; and

- enable not-for-profit organizations (including national, provincial or territorial, and community-based organizations) to support the changing and diverse needs of Canadian families, children and youth.

There are three specific funding priorities for the Call for Proposals:

- supporting children, youth and families;

- caregiving over the life course; and

- strengthening not-for-profit organizations.

The closing date of this Call for Proposals is May 8, 2009.

To obtain an application form and information on the Call for Proposals for the Children and Families component of the Social Development Partnerships Program, visit the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Web site at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/community_partnerships/sdpp/index.shtml.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559