Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

April 16, 2008 10:26 ET

Government of Canada Supports Programs and Activities for Seniors in Kitchener

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - Mr. Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Secretary of State (Seniors), today announced funding for three projects in the Kitchener area under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This support will benefit seniors in Kitchener by improving the facilities and equipment needed to stay involved and take active leadership roles within their communities.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening our communities and building our country," said Mr. Albrecht. "The projects we are funding in Kitchener will enable the continuation of programs and activities that play an important role in ensuring quality of life for seniors."

The projects will receive funding of $53,900 under the new Capital Assistance Component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which helps organizations that support seniors to replace aging equipment or have needed renovations done.

The funding announced today is part of a $10 million per year commitment made in the 2007 federal budget for capital assistance and to raise awareness of the issue of elder abuse. This is in addition to the $19.5 million allocated annually for the Community Participation and Leadership Component of the Program.

Budget 2008 and other recent federal initiatives are also addressing the needs of Canada's seniors through the introduction of a series of important measures that include:

- providing $13 million over three years to help seniors and others recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and to provide information on what support is available;

- proposing to raise the current Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) earned income exemption to $3,500 from $500. This means the typical GIS recipient will be able to keep more of her or his hard-earned money without any reduction in GIS benefits;

- enabling 1.6 million low-income seniors to benefit from increased monthly benefits available under the Guaranteed Income Supplement and to make a one-time application for GIS. As long as they file income tax returns every year, these seniors will never have to re-apply;

- establishing the National Seniors Council to advise the Government on issues of importance to older Canadians;

- providing more than $1 billion in tax relief to Canadian seniors and pensioners;

- allowing seniors to build their retirement savings in Registered Pension Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans for an extra two years until age 71; and

- raising the amount that seniors can claim under the age credit on their tax returns for 2007. With less income taxed, seniors save more.

Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded over 2,600 projects across Canada, improving equipment and facilities used for seniors' activities and helping seniors to bring their leadership, energy and skills to benefit our communities. For more information about the Program, please visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/community_partnerships/seniors/index.shtml.


BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The overall mandate of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is to help ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through social participation and active living.

Last year, the Government of Canada increased the New Horizons for Seniors Program budget by $10 million per year to provide Capital Assistance funding ($6.7 million) and Elder Abuse Awareness funding ($1.8 million). This has increased the total budget for the NHSP to $35 million per year. Today's announcement is a result of this additional funding for the Capital Assistance Component of the NHSP.

Capital Assistance funding provides support to organizations to replace equipment or renovate their facilities so that they can maintain programs and activities offered to seniors. This helps seniors to continue to participate and lead active lives through programs in their communities.

As a result of the additional $10 million per year, the Program now offers three types of funding to organizations:

New funding components

1. Capital Assistance funding ($6.7 million): This funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing seniors' programs and activities. It enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs and activities in their communities.

2. Elder Abuse Awareness funding ($1.8 million): This funding will help non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older adults on a national or regional level. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.

Original component

3. Community Participation and Leadership funding ($19.5 million): This funding supports community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.


A second BACKGROUNDER entitled "FUNDING TO NEW HORIZONS FOR SENIORS PROJECTS IN KITCHENER, ONTARIO" is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Backgrounder_0416.pdf

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482