Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

July 15, 2007 15:00 ET

Member of Parliament Laurie Hawn Celebrates Funding of $12,360 for the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2007) - Mr. Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today congratulated the Ital-Canadian Seniors Association for receiving $12,360 for a project under the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The project, called Great Experience for All - Seniors and Youth, will focus on linking youth and seniors through outreach events, a summer camp, and the development of a multi-generational video diary. These experiences will offer a unique opportunity for seniors to share their experiences and skills with local youth.

"Canada's New Government recognizes the contribution of seniors to making Canada what it is today, and we are grateful to them," Mr. Hawn said. "This project encourages seniors to mentor youth in Edmonton, sharing life skills and wisdom, and building on what is learned in the school classroom."

Canada's New Government announced in March that $746,166 has been invested in over 40 New Horizons for Seniors projects in Alberta. The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides grants to support a range of community-based projects that encourage seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living.

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

- providing an increase of $10 million a year to the New Horizons for Seniors Program for projects dealing with abuse and fraud, as well as capital assistance for community buildings, equipment and furnishings for programs related to seniors;

- allowing couples to reduce their combined taxes by allocating up to half their eligible pension income to the lower-earning spouse for income tax purposes;

- amending legislation to allow seniors to make a one-time application for the Guaranteed Income Supplement and be eligible for lifetime benefits, provided they have little or no income and file annual income tax returns;

- doubling the maximum amount eligible for the pension income credit to $2,000; and

- raising the amount eligible for the age credit by $1,000 to $5,066. This means that seniors will have less of their income taxed and will see additional savings up to $150.

Since its launch in October 2004, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 1700 projects across Canada, benefiting approximately 100,000 Canadians.

For more information about the New Horizons for Seniors Program, please visit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/.

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Contact Information

  • Media Advisory:
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Service Canada, Edmonton
    Katrina Carreiro
    780-914-4130