Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 18, 2006 09:01 ET

HRSDC: The Honourable Michael Chong Announces $56,784 In Funding for New Projects to Benefit Local Seniors

GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 18, 2006) - The Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington-Halton Hills, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $56,784 in funding for three local projects under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The new projects are as follows:

- Bennett Health Care Centre / funding in the amount of $17,834;

- East Wellington Advisory Group for Family Services / funding in the amount of $25,000; and

- Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington / funding in the amount of $13,950.

"Canada's new government recognizes that seniors have helped to build this country and we should be giving something back to them," said Mr. Chong. "Projects like the ones I'm announcing today help reduce social isolation and promote seniors' continuing involvement in the community."

"Our seniors have contributed so much to our country and our communities," added Minister Finley. "They have worked hard all their lives and deserve our effort and support. The New Horizons For Seniors Program helps all of us by directly helping seniors in their communities."

Canada's new government is acting to address the needs of seniors through the introduction of a series of important measures that include:

- A proposed change in tax policy for seniors, beginning in 2007, permitting income splitting for pensioners;

- Bringing forward legislation to make it easier for seniors to apply for and receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement;

- Increasing the Pension Income Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per year - putting almost $900 million back in the hands of seniors over the next two years; and

- Introducing a Tax Fairness Plan that will increase the age credit by $1,000 (from $4,066 to $5,066) effective this tax year.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides grants to support a range of community-based projects across Canada that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living. Projects support broad national objectives and regional priorities.

For more information on the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca.



BACKGROUNDER

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Organization Project Description Location Amount
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Bennett Health Memories to Talk About Georgetown $17,834
Care Centre Program - A project to
implement weekly activities
where volunteers and
residents participate in
and create a memory book
to increase communication
abilities.
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East Wellington A Senior's Club will be Rockwood $25,000
Advisory Group established in Rockwood to
for Family reduce social isolation
Services through the implementation
of social, recreational and
intergenerational programs.
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Community Resource The project will provide Fergus $13,950
Centre of North and free, volunteer-based
Centre Wellington transportation for seniors
in the community. This will
allow for access to seniors'
programming and supports.
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Contact Information

  • Service Canada
    Catherine Kaye
    Director, Social Programs and Services, Ontario Region
    416-954-7302