VANCOUVER, July 9, 2019 /CNW/ - 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, wrapped up a successful five-day visit to British Columbia, where she met with seniors, project partners and other key stakeholders to hear about issues important to Canadian seniors and to highlight a number of actions the Government is taking to improve their quality of life.
During her visit, Minister Tassi announced that, with additional funding through Budget 2019, more than 650 additional community-based projects were approved this year through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). This brings a total of 2,666 projects approved across Canada in 2019, with 343 projects in British Columbia.
Through Budget 2019, the Government of Canada is investing additional funding of $100 million over five years, and $20 million per year ongoing for the NHSP to support projects that empower seniors in their communities and contribute to improving their health and well-being.
Additional investments the Government is making to support seniors include:
"We continue to build on measures that will improve the lives of Canadian seniors. In Budget 2019 our government made key investments that will help seniors enjoy a smooth transition into a financially secure, healthy and socially inclusive retirement. 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."
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Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Government of Canada continues to meet the needs of Canadian seniors by supporting projects that help keep seniors active, socially engaged and involved in their communities.
On July 9, 2019, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, concluded a visit to British Columbia where she was able to see first-hand the positive impact that NHSP-funded community-based projects are having, in the lives of seniors. The Minister visited the following organizations funded in 2019:
Peachland Wellness Society - $9,791
The Peachland Wellness Society will renovate its outdoor space so that it can continues to organize outdoor events and promote social engagement of seniors. Enhancements include adding a staircase to its deck, renovating its patio, enhancing its garden beds and purchasing a gazebo.
Summerland Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22 - $17,350
The Summerland Royal Canadian Legion Branch 22 received funding to refurbish furniture used for social activities organized by the Legion.
Okanagan Indian Band - $24,985
The Okanagan Indian Band will renovate their communal kitchen "Tupa's Kitchen, Elders' Lodge" in order to continue hosting cultural celebrations and meals and to promote the intergenerational sharing of traditions. Renovations include updates to their cabinetry, electrical wiring and plumbing and purchasing a new stove.
Summit Drive Baptist Church - $7,549
The Summit Drive Baptist Church will purchase equipment, including two additional carpet-bowling mats, to continue to promote social engagement and support social activities for seniors.
L.J. Christmas Manor - $22,747
The L.J. Christmas Manor will invest in a common space, with new computers, bookshelves and tables, where seniors can socialize and participate in creative activities and information sessions.
Centre of Integration for African Immigrants - $24,775
As part of their project titled "Adapt to Life in Canada for Seniors", the Centre of Integration for African Immigrants will host workshops and presentations for seniors and their families on issues such as health, nutrition and housing.
Nikkei Place Foundation - $24,000
Through the Nikkei Legacy Project, the Nikkei Place Foundation will purchase recording equipment to conduct interviews with Japanese Canadian seniors, in order to document their knowledge and experiences about their history and origins.
Renfrew Park Community Association - $5,000
The Renfrew Park Community Association will continue to invest in their Friday Social Program, which gives seniors the opportunity to participate in a variety of social events, including cultural workshops, karaoke and dancing.
Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of British Columbia - $25,000
The Council of Senior Citizens' Organizations of British Columbia will continue to invest in delivering workshops for senior drivers on how they can retain their license, stay safe on the road and consider alternatives when they are no longer able to drive.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada