Government of Canada Launches Call for Proposals for Projects that Support Seniors

Woodstock, ON -Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, today encouraged non-profit organizations that work to improve the lives of Canada’s seniors to apply for federal funding.

The 2010–2011 call for proposals under the Capital Assistance component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program was officially launched on August 30, 2010, by theHonourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).

This funding will enable organizations to renovate facilities and replace equipment used to deliver seniors’ programs and activities.  Up to $25,000 in funding is available per project.

“We know how important it is to provide meaningful programs and activities for our seniors,” said MacKenzie.  “This is just one more way that we can help support non-profit organizations in their goal to engage seniors in the community”.

“Our government recognizes the ongoing contributions that seniors make to our communities, workplaces and society,” said Minister of State Ablonczy.  “That is why we are working hard to ensure that our policies, programs and services continue to provide opportunities for seniors to improve their well-being and quality of life”.

The application deadline is October 8, 2010.  For more information about all calls for proposals, please visit the following website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

Earlier this year, Minister of State Ablonczy announced the approval of 626 Capital Assistance projects that were submitted as part of the 2009–2010 call.  More than $8.5 million in grant funding was awarded to the recipients.

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 7, 000 projects across Canada, helping seniors to use their leadership, energy and skills to benefit our communities.

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government continues to protect Canadians, including seniors, in difficult times by implementing several key measures:

  • Providing $2.3 billion annually in tax relief to seniors and pensioners through measures such as income splitting and increasing the Age Credit;
  • Helping older workers and their families 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;
  • Investing $13 million over three years to help raise awareness of elder abuse and assist seniors in dealing with this difficult issue;
  • Providing Canadians, mainly people over the age of 60, with almost $70 billion annually through Canada’s income support system and public pensions, including the Canada Pension Plan and the Old Age Security program; and
  • Supporting positive and active aging through the collaborative Age-Friendly Communities Initiative, Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults, and fall prevention initiatives.