Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering seniors across Canada so they can contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.
Seniors in Charlottetown will now have the opportunity to take part in social activities to improve their health and wellness, mentor others on electoral systems, and create a lasting legacy, among other exciting projects thanks to funding from the New Horizons Seniors Program, announced Sean Casey,Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program promotes positive ageing by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. This innovative program enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.
The following organizations are receiving funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP)
- Recreation PEI Inc. is receiving $24,790 for their ‘Zoomers on the Go!’ project where seniors involved with the organization will hold workshops on fitness training to promote increasing older adults’ physical activity levels and increase their knowledge of the benefits of fitness.
- PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation is receiving $24, 819 for their ‘The Story of My Life So Far’ project where seniors involved with the organization will develop new social networks and will make and share cherished self-journals, which will capture their experiences through pictures and stories.
- The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island is receiving $24, 667 for their ‘Diversity 101’ project where seniors involved with the society will create a new LBGT educational program to support LBGT seniors expand their social networks and build safer communities for LBGT seniors.
- The Arthritis Society of Prince Edward Island is receiving $15, 467 for their ‘Steps with Seniors’ project. The organization will pilot a 6-week physical activity/healthy living program to engage seniors in walking and education on living with Arthritis to support seniors’ social participation and inclusion.
- The Prince Edward Island Curling Association is receiving $10, 975 for their ‘Getting Started for Seniors’ project. The organization will introduce the sport of curling to seniors through a quality and adaptive novice program in order to support the social participation and inclusion of seniors.
- The Voluntary Resource Council is receiving $24, 400 for their ‘Seniors Engaging in Electoral Democracy’ project. Seniors involved with the organization will conduct research relating to new options for electing politicians based on two electoral models to engage seniors in mentoring others.
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed. We support a wide array of New Horizons for Seniors Program projects that bring seniors together in innovative ways to help build communities that are strong and vibrant. These grassroots projects are community-driven and promote social interaction, positive aging and seniors’ well-being. They reach out to seniors and encourage them to pursue active lifestyles, expand their social network and play a leading role in activities that inspire goodwill, sharing and fellowship among community members.
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“The Government of Canada is dedicated to expanding opportunities for Canadian seniors to get involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap their collective resources and experiences. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based projects so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”
– Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
“We are excited about the New Horizons funding which will assist is developing a meaningful Diversity 101 program with key partners from the community including: Pride PEI, Aids PEI and Long Term Care facilities. Seniors will have an important role in development, implementation, and evaluation of this program and we are looking forward to working together,”
– Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, CEO, Alzheimer Society of PEI
- These projects were approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects.
- Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.
- Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 21,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $452.5 million.
- The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.
- Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.