Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

December 18, 2006 10:00 ET

HRSDC: The Honourable Vic Toews Announces $38,987 in Funding for New Projects to Benefit Local Seniors

STEINBACH, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 18, 2006) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $38,987 in funding for three new projects under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The new projects are as follows:

- Rural Municipality of De Salaberry / funding in the amount of $21,340;

- Two Rivers Seniors Resource Council Inc. / funding in the amount of $12,750;

- Pioneer Club of Lac du Bonnet / funding in the amount of $4,897.

"Canada's new government recognizes that seniors have helped to build this country and we should be giving something back to them," said Minister Toews. "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.

A description of the three projects is included in the attached backgrounder.



BACKGROUNDER
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Organization Project Description Location Amount
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Rural Municipality Student volunteers and St. Malo, $21,340
of De Salaberry seniors will attend Manitoba
historical and cultural
outings, allowing seniors
to share past experiences.
Other activities such as
an exercise program and
seniors teaching knitting
and quilting to students
will be offered.
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Two Rivers Computer literate seniors Pinawa, $12,750
Seniors Resource will teach other seniors Manitoba
Council Inc. computer skills, which will
help decrease the risk of
isolation in three rural
communities.
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Pioneer Club of This funding will enable Lac du Bonnet, $4,897
Lac du Bonnet senior volunteers from Manitoba
the Pioneer Club to
organize and host curling
tournaments in the community.
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