Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 23, 2010 16:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Surrey

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2010) - Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, local seniors in Surrey, British Columbia, have had the opportunity to contribute to their community and share their skills and knowledge with others.

Mrs. Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood–Port Kells, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).

The City of Surrey received $18,500 through the New Horizons for Seniors Program for its Intergenerational Therapeutic Community Garden. The project required the participation of local seniors who could share lessons about gardening with youth as they prepared the site and planted the garden together.

"Seniors are valuable members of society who have contributed a diversity of skills, knowledge and experience to their communities," said Mrs. Grewal. "Through the Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada supports local projects that enable seniors to contribute to their communities through social participation and active living."

"The City of Surrey is proud that the Intergenerational Therapeutic Community Garden will be operated by senior volunteers who will connect with community members of all ages and share their gardening experience and knowledge with everyone," said Ms. Mary Martin, Surrey City Councillor and Chair of the Parks and Community Services Committee.

This project is one of 842 projects that received over $15.8 million in Community Participation and Leadership funding under the 2009–2010 call for proposals. This grant funding supports projects that 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.

The 2010–2011 call for proposals for all of Canada, except Quebec, ran earlier this year and closed on April 16, 2010. Approved projects will be announced in the coming months. In Quebec, the call opened during the summer and closed on September 17, 2010.

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 6 500 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100 000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program. 

For more information about the Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

New Horizons for Seniors Program

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

Budget 2010 invested an additional $5 million per year in the Program, bringing the total overall budget to $40 million. This additional funding will support projects that encourage seniors to volunteer and mentor other generations, as well as initiatives that aim to increase awareness of financial abuse.

The Program offers three types of funding to organizations:

  1. Community Participation and Leadership funding (up to $25,000): 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.
  1. Capital Assistance funding (up to $25,000): This funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing programs and activities for seniors. It enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs and activities in their communities.
  1. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 per year, for up to three years): This funding helps non-profit organizations and coalitions at a national or regional level raise awareness of the abuse of older adults. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse are made available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.

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