Canada is at its best when all citizens have the opportunity to reach their full potential and are treated fairly, and the contributions from every segment of society are valued. Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities.
And partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.
The Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) plays an important role in supporting partnerships that provide older Canadians with opportunities to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others in their community. The NHSP provides seniors in communities across Canada with a wide range of opportunities to get involved in local activities that address their needs and interests, and to share their knowledge and experiences to the benefit of community members of all ages.
NHSP funding has made it possible for organizations like the Woodstock First Nation, Perth Andover Recreation Commission, Kingsley United Church, Kinsley Baptist Church, Kinsley Silvertops Seniors and Keswick Reads to launch projects for seniors to volunteer/ mentor younger generations to take part in social activities and to acquire equipment and do facility renovations. Projects like these allow seniors to maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities.
The following is a list of project funding recipients for the New Horizons for Seniors Program:
“The Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian seniors can get involved in community activities that meet their needs and interests, tap their collective resources and experiences, and promote their participation. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects like this one so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”
TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac
Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, which has made a significant difference in the lives of seniors in communities like ours.
This program reaffirms the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to seniors, which is reinforced by promising new measures introduced in Budget 2016, including:
- increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up benefit for single seniors by up to $947 annually, starting in July 2016, to help lift low-income single seniors out of poverty;
- ensuring that couples where one member receives the GIS and the other member receives Allowance benefits and have to live apart for reasons beyond their control (such as a requirement for long-term care) receive higher benefits based on their individual incomes;
- improving the retirement income security of working Canadians by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan;
- restoring the eligibility age for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits to 65.
- exploring a new seniors price index so that Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits keep pace with the actual costs of living faced by seniors;
- introducing a new Home Accessibility Tax Credit for seniors and persons with disabilities to help with the costs of ensuring their homes remain safe, secure and accessible; and
- supporting the construction, repair, and adaption of affordable housing for seniors through an investment of $200.7 million over two years starting in 2016-2017 to help the many seniors facing challenges in accessing affordable housing.
We look forward to continuing to support the needs and aspirations of Canadian seniors through successful programs like the NHSP.
Info on the New Horizons for Seniors Program funding can be found by visiting: