Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and country. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Government of Canada continues to meet the needs of seniors by supporting initiatives that help them stay active and involved in their communities.
Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $165,195 for community-based projects in Charlottetown that will help seniors stay active and involved in their community.
Funding for this project is being provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience to stay active and engaged.
- The Community Legal Information Association is receiving $25,000 for their project Peer Learning: Legal Information for Seniors. Seniors involved with the organization will produce and develop a series of short films in order to generate awareness and prevention of elder and financial abuse to inform seniors of potential risk.
- The Voluntary Resource Centre is receiving $24,000 for their project Seniors Promoting Livable Income. Seniors involved with the organization will engage other seniors in the community through mentoring to prepare seniors in learning strategies and suggestions on how to live with basic livable income.
- The Recreation PEI Association is receiving $24,654 for their project go!Zoomers. The organization will provide complimentary senior based fitness classes in assisted-living facilities offered by certified facilitators to promote social participation and inclusion of seniors.
- The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is receiving $25,000 for their project Indigenous Elders Supporting Community. Seniors involved with the organization will mentor others by hosting and leading sessions enabling them to share their Elder knowledge with the local community.
- The Trinity United Church is receiving $24,900 for their project Safer Spaces and Sensitive Social Support. The organization will conduct step and sidewalk repairs and purchase senior-friendly chairs and sound equipment to allow seniors to continue to partake in events such as the monthly dinner program.
- The PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation is receiving $19,307 for their project Patchwork of Programs for seniors. Seniors involved with the organization will organize seminars on healthy living and learning technology to meet seniors’ educational needs and increase social participation and inclusion of seniors.
- The Arthritis Society is receiving $22,334 for their project Seniors Living Well with Arthritis. Seniors involved with the organization will host a conference to increase knowledge of new therapies, treatments and research for arthritis to promote seniors wellness and quality of life.
“Seniors are the pillars of our communities. By supporting community-based projects like these, we are taking action to ensure that seniors have a strong presence in communities across Canada and that they receive the recognition, respect and admiration they deserve.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors in Charlottetown to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community vitality.”
– Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown
- Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The project funding announced today was approved as part of a call for proposals that launched on May 7, 2018, and closed on June 22, 2018.
- Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.
- A total of approximately $35 million has been approved across Canada for NHSP community-based projects in 2018–2019.
- Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.