Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

December 16, 2006 12:00 ET

Mr. Rob Merrifield, M.P., Announces $15,000 in Funding for New Project to Benefit Local Seniors

SWAN HILLS, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 16, 2006) - Rob Merrifield, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $15,000 in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

The Government of Canada is providing funding to Swan Hills Family and Community Support Services, to help bridge the gap between seniors and youth by involving seniors in various social events at local schools.

"Canada's new government recognizes that seniors have helped to build this country and we should be giving something back to them," said Mr. Merrifield. "Projects like the one 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 which 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, visit our Web site at

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    Anne Milne
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    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
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