Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 15, 2006 14:32 ET

Mr. Bruce Stanton, M.P., Announces $73,550 in Funding for New Projects to Benefit Local Seniors

MIDLAND, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 15, 2006) - Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $73,550 in funding for three projects under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The new projects are as follows:

- North Simcoe Community Information and Volunteer Exchange with funding in the amount of $25,000;

- Hillcrest Lodge Corporation with funding in the amount of $23,950; and

- Club de l'Gge d'or de Lafontaine with funding in the amount of $24,600.

"Canada's new government recognizes that seniors have helped to build this country and we should be giving something back to them," said Mr. Stanton. "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," said 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 u 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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North Simcoe Midland area seniors Midland $25,000
Community will teach local youth
Information life skills such as
and Volunteer cooking and woodworking.
Exchange
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Hillcrest Lodge Seniors in Orillia's Orillia $23,950
Corporation retirement community
will work with youth
on a community garden
and develop a
congregate dining
program.
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Club de l'age This seniors club will Lafontaine $24,600
d'or de undertake a survey
Lafontaine of at-risk community
members and develop
a community strategy
to respond to identified
needs.
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Contact Information

  • Service Canada, Ontario Region
    Catherine Kaye
    Director, Social Programs and Services
    416-954-7302
    or
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations
    819-994-5559