Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 13, 2009 11:31 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2009) - Mr. Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, today highlighted investments in eight projects in Edmonton under the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.

This follows the announcement on February 17, 2009, by 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), of the Government of Canada's support for more than 800 New Horizons for Seniors Program projects across the country.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening our communities and building our country," said Mr. Hawn. "These projects will encourage seniors in Edmonton to continue sharing their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit others."

Funding for the eight projects highlighted today under the Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program is $194,250.

The Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program supports local projects that enable seniors 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 in hundreds of communities across Canada. For more information about the Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

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.


BACKGROUNDER

Funding for eight projects in Edmonton

- Action for Healthy Communities received $25,000 for its project Edmonton Seniors: what have we done, what shall we do?, which will connect seniors from various ethnic groups so they can share their experiences in the community as immigrants to better understand the factors that have shaped their lives.

- The City of Edmonton received $25,000 for its project Home Modification and Accessible Guidelines for Seniors' Housing, under which seniors will explore the feasibility of creating a guide for buildings to be designed and built for seniors with limited mobility.

- The Creating Hope Society of Alberta received $25,000 for its project The Elders' Legacy-Recognizing Kinship Centre, through which seniors will identify the traditional methods of kinship care in Aboriginal communities and help develop solutions that will encourage the reengagement of kinship care.

- Edmonton Meals on Wheels received $25,000 for its project Community Food Outreach Program, under which seniors will develop cooking-for-one classes, test suitable recipes and implement a grocery shopping/delivery service for isolated seniors.

- The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council received $25,000 for its project Improving Outreach to Edmonton's Isolated Seniors, through which seniors will create an Edmonton model for outreach that will be better able to respond to an increased demand due to the rising population of seniors.

- The Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton received $25,000 for its project Peer Support for Isolated Seniors, which will develop a peer support program to address the needs of isolated seniors.

- The Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton received $25,000 for its project Under One Sky: International Theatre Presents Multicultural Stories, which will enable seniors of various cultural backgrounds to share their experiences and turn those stories into theatrical productions.

- The Uncles and Aunts at Large (Edmonton Area) Society received $19,250 for its project Seniors Mentoring Youth, under which seniors will be involved in monthly mentorship sessions for children and youth from single-parent families living at or near poverty.

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) helps ensure that seniors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from the quality of life in their communities.

Building on the success of the NHSP, in Budget 2007, the Government of Canada increased the Program's budget by $10 million per year to provide capital assistance for repairs to facilities and equipment related to existing seniors' programs, and to raise awareness of elder abuse across Canada. This has increased the total budget for the NHSP to $35 million per year.

As a result of the additional $10 million, the Program offers three types of funding to organizations:

1. Community Participation and Leadership funding (up to $25,000 in funding): this funding supports community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage 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.


2. Capital Assistance funding (up to $25,000 in funding): this funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing seniors' programs and activities. It enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs and activities in their communities.

3. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 in funding annually over a maximum of three years): this funding helps non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older adults on a national or regional level. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559