Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 20, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Caledonia

CALEDONIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, today announced funding in her riding for the Haldimand Community Support Centre under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Speaking at the Haldimand Community Support Centre, Minister Finley announced nearly $25,000 in funding to ensure that seniors have the opportunity to participate and take an active leadership role within their community.

Adding programs such as the creation of a volunteer transportation link and a healthy lifestyle program will encourage seniors to share their skills and experience to benefit this community.

This event follows a national announcement of funding worth $15.1 million for approximately 800 projects for seniors across Canada by Minister Finley and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Minister of State (Seniors), on February 17, 2009.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening our communities through various community projects," said Minister Finley. "In particular, this project will encourage seniors in Caledonia to continue sharing their skills, wisdom, and experience to benefit others."

The investment announced today falls under the Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages seniors to remain active, help those in need, and provide leadership. Projects funded through this component address a wide range of activities led by seniors that benefit communities.

With two additional components of 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 to bring their leadership, energy, and skills to projects that benefit our communities. For more information about the Program, please visit

Canada's Economic Action Plan and other recent federal initiatives are also addressing the needs of Canada's seniors through the introduction of a series of important measures that include:

- Increasing the Age Credit by $1,000, allowing low- and middle-income seniors to receive up to an additional $150 in annual tax savings, for a total of up to $961 in tax relief.

- Providing seniors with $200 million in tax relief by reducing the required minimum withdrawal to the Registered Retirement Income Fund by 25 percent.

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

- 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 expanding the number of eligible communities to include older workers in small cities.

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