Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 12, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Minto

MINTO, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Minister of National Revenue, Minister for the Atlantic Gateway and Member of Parliament for Fredericton, today announced federal support to the Minto Senior Citizens Club under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages 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.

Minister Ashfield made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).

This project is funded under the Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program. It is one of 797 projects that were approved through the 2010–2011 Community Participation and Leadership call for proposals, providing over $15.9 million in funding.

"Our government is committed to improving the lives of seniors, and is proud to support local organizations that have the same goal," said Minister Ashfield. "This project brings new opportunities for seniors to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience for the benefit of the entire community."

"Today's seniors know the importance of being active and staying involved in their communities," said Minister Finley. "The New Horizons for Seniors Program is just one example of how we are helping seniors make a positive difference in their own lives and in those of the people around them."

"On behalf of the Minto Senior Citizens Club, I would like to thank the federal government for the grant they have issued to us," said Ms. Doris Chase, President of the Minto Senior Citizens Club. "This grant will go towards developing a piece of property that will allow seniors of Minto to enjoy social afternoons and to participate in physical activities such as floor shuffleboard and lateral golf. This will be very beneficial to their health and well-being."

The Minto Senior Citizens Club will receive $21,310 for its project that will provide a variety of new indoor and outdoor physical and social activities for seniors in the Grand Lake area.

Through Budget 2010: Leading the Way on Jobs and Growth, our Government invested an additional $5 million per year in the Program, bringing this year's funding to $40 million. This additional funding will support projects that encourage seniors to volunteer and mentor other generations, as well as initiatives that aim to increase awareness of financial abuse.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to 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. Since its beginning, the Program has funded over 7 000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100 000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program.

For more information about the Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program helps ensure that seniors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from the quality of life in their communities.

The Program offers three types of funding to organizations:

  1. Community Participation and Leadership funding (up to $25,000 in funding per project). 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.
  1. Capital Assistance funding (up to $25,000 in funding per project). 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.
  1. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 in funding per year for a maximum of three years). This funding helps non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of seniors at a national or regional level. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be available to improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors.

For more information on the Program, or upcoming calls for proposals, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

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