GATINEAU, QC, June 19, 2019 Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and workplaces. That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to providing Canadian seniors with greater security and a better quality of life.
Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced that the Government of Canada will support up to 22 organizations across Canada whose projects will engage and connect seniors to important supports and services in their communities.
This announcement is the result of successful applications submitted through a Call for Concepts launched in December 2018 through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), pan-Canadian funding stream. Up to $60 million in funding over five years is available for these projects, which are expected to begin in the fall of 2019.
Examples of proposed projects include initiatives that support caregivers of seniors living with dementia, mobilize communities to find seniors who are isolated and at risk and connect them to social services, and make existing seniors services more culturally friendly in some of Canada's most ethnically diverse communities.
Since 2004, the NHSP has funded more than 23,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of more than $487.7 million.
"Our Government deeply values the contributions seniors make to our country. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are taking more steps to empower seniors by supporting opportunities where they can benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities. By fostering community connections, seniors can enjoy the healthy, happy and secure life they worked hard for."
? The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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