Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 17, 2011 09:41 ET

Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Vaughan

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - Local seniors will continue to have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their communities thanks to Government of Canada funding for New Horizons for Seniors Program projects.

"Seniors have made valuable contributions to building Canada and it is important that we help them to continue sharing their wisdom and skills," said Minister of State Fantino. "That is why the Government of Canada partners with local organizations that encourage seniors to lead and participate in community projects."

Minister Fantino made the announcement at the Pine York Seniors Club, which will receive $7,600 in funding for its project to replace furniture and equipment so that seniors can continue to participate in computer training, photography classes, bingo and card games. 

This is one of 12 projects that, combined, will receive more than $81,000 in funding as a result of the 2010-11 Capital Assistance Call for Proposals. This funding helps non-profit organizations upgrade facilities or equipment required for existing seniors' programs and activities.

The Government of Canada is making modest enhancements to this Program. These enhancements will allow a broader array of organizations to develop a greater variety of projects to meet the changing needs of communities.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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 to the benefit of others.

The 2010-11Capital Assistance Call for Proposals ran from August 30 to October 8, 2010 for all of Canada, except Quebec. In Quebec, the Call for Proposals opened May 3 and closed on September 17, 2010. Approved projects will receive funding to upgrade facilities or equipment required for seniors' programs and activities.

The following 12 projects received NHSP funding in Vaughan:

Organization Name Location Project Summary Funding Amount
Ansley Grove
Bocce Club
Woodbridge The organization will replace the cabinet, bocce ball set, and electronic scoreboards, so that the seniors may continue their social and recreational activities. $8,448
East Woodbridge
Seniors Club
Woodbridge The organization will replace the tent, microphone, camera, and bingo machine, so that the seniors may continue their social and recreational activities. $5,806
Human Endeavours
Inc.
Maple The organization will replace computer equipment, a DVD player a TV and furniture so that seniors can continue to participate in social activities and technological programs. $8,929
Maple Italo
Canadian
Maple The organization will replace the furniture and equipment so that seniors can continue to take part in bocce ball, daily cards, dances and weekly bingo. $5,756
Maple Pioneer
Italian Seniors
Club
Maple The organization will replace an electronic scoreboard, camera and other equipment to ensure seniors can continue to participate in bocce ball games and other senior-specific social events. $9,995
Maxey Valley
Bocciofila Club
Vaughan The organization will replace a variety of items so that seniors can continue to play bocce, cards, and attend social functions. $5,955
Pine York Seniors
Club
Vaughan The organization will replace furniture and equipment so seniors can continue to participate in computer training and photography classes as well as bingo and card games. $7,600
Rainbow Creek
Bocciofila Club
Woodbridge The organization will replace furniture and equipment for seniors to continue to participate in daily card games, bingo, fitness classes and bowling outings. $2,781
Seniors Association
of Vaughan Initiative
Vaughan The organization will replace a damaged and undersized tent so activities for seniors can continue. These activities include picnics, tournaments, bocce ball and special events. $10,000
Sonoma Heights
Senior Club
Vaughan The organization will replace equipment, such as the bingo machine, camcorder, camera and kitchen equipment, so that seniors can continue to attend social and recreational programs and activities. $9,675
Vellore Village
Seniors Club
Vaughan The organization will replace a stove so that participants can prepare food for holiday celebrations. $2,260
West Woodbridge
Senior Club
Woodbridge The organization will replace equipment so that participants can take part in the bocce program. $3,977
Total     $81,182

Since its beginning, the Program has funded more than 8,500 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

For more information on the Program and the enhancements, or upcoming Calls for Proposals, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister of State Fantino
    Heather Domereckyj
    Director of Communications
    819-953-1221
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559