Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 20, 2009 15:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Burlington

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - Mr. Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, today announced federal support for the Burlington Seniors' Centre under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Mr. Wallace made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister of State (Seniors).

Speaking at the Burlington Seniors' Centre, Mr. Wallace celebrated almost $16,000 in funding for the Centre to ensure that seniors have the opportunity to participate and take an active leadership role within their community.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening our communities and building our country," said Mr. Wallace. "This project will encourage seniors in Burlington to continue sharing their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit others."

The Burlington Seniors' Centre received funding for a project entitled Breakfast at the Bistro, through which seniors will help address the needs of isolated seniors and those living alone by holding a monthly breakfast and activity.

The investment announced today falls under the Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.

With two additional components of the New Horizons for Seniors Program-Capital Assistance and Elder Abuse Awareness-the overall budget of the Program is now $35 million per year.

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 4,200 projects across Canada, helping seniors bring their leadership, energy and skills to benefit our communities. For more information about the Program, please visit

In Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government made a clear commitment to protect Canadians, including seniors, in difficult times by implementing several key measures:

- Increasing the Age Credit by $1,000 for 2009 and beyond to allow eligible seniors to receive up to an additional $150 in annual tax savings.

- Providing seniors with $200 million in tax relief by reducing the required minimum withdrawal amount for 2008 from Registered Retirement Income Funds by 25 percent, in recognition of the impact of the deterioration in market conditions on retirement savings.

- Helping older workers and their families through these tough economic times by investing an additional $60 million over three years in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, and by expanding the number of eligible communities to include older workers in small cities.

-Providing $400 million over two years through the Affordable Housing Initiative for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors.

- Establishing an independent Task Force to make recommendations on a cohesive national strategy on financial literacy for Canadians.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office