Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 05, 2011 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Port Dover

PORT DOVER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2011) - Local seniors and children are using their creative skills to raise awareness of elder abuse through innovative artwork, with support from the Government of Canada. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk.

"Our government supports projects, like this one right here in Norfolk County, to improve the lives of seniors," said Minister Finley. "This project is an excellent opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their creativity and contribute to the quality of life in their community."

Lighthouse Festival Theatre has received over $24,000 for Art 7 Age: Raising Awareness of Elder Abuse through Creative Community Partnerships. This project is allowing seniors to educate children about elder abuse through the creation of original works of art. The artwork will be sold and all proceeds will go to the Ontario Network for Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA). Any unsold pieces will be donated to ONPEA as a template for similar projects across Ontario.

Minister Finley is responsible for the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which is providing support for this project. This grants and contributions program provides seniors with opportunities to participate in, and contribute to, their communities through their social participation and active living.

Other community partners involved in this project are the Port Dover Barber and Veri Inc., Knechtel Foods, Norfolk Studio Tour, Port Dover Board of Trade and local media.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program 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.

The program provides up to $25,000 per year in grant funding for community-based projects, and up to $250,000 per year, for up to three years, in grant or contribution funding for pan-Canadian projects.

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.

Through Budget 2010, the 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.

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