Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 17, 2013 17:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2013) - Seniors in Vancouver will benefit from easier access to activities at the Evelyne Saller Centre, thanks to support from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), made the announcement today.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the diversity of skills, knowledge and experience seniors contribute to our society and the economy," said Minister of State Wong. "Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are taking action to ensure that seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities."

The Evelyne Saller Centre is receiving close to $12,000 for the installation of automatic door openers to improve accessibility for seniors with mobility issues and other members of the community. The project is a response to a request by seniors in the area. Local seniors and veterans with disabilities are helping to oversee the project.

"This initiative will support the social participation and inclusion of seniors," added Minister of State Wong.

"I wish to thank the Government of Canada for its generous support, which allowed us to install automatic door openers at the Evelyne Saller Centre," said Erika Di Salvo, Assistant Manager, Evelyne Saller Centre. "This grant allows seniors and people with disabilities in the Downtown Eastside greater independence by providing easier and safer accessibility throughout the Centre and the Veterans Memorial Manor."

The Government invested more than $35.6 million in NHSP funding for almost 2 000 new community-based projects across Canada approved through the 2011-2012 call for proposals. For more information, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

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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 Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences for the benefit of others. Since it began, the Program has funded more than 10 400 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

The most recent call for proposals for community-based projects was launched on May 8, 2012. It closed on June 29, 2012, in all provinces and territories except Quebec, which closed on September 14, 2012, and coincided with a provincial call for proposals.

Contact Information

  • Mark Wall
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of State Wong (Seniors)
    819-953-1144

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