April 5, 2019
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, Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of nearly $100,000 for five community-based projects in Scarborouh Centre 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.
- Solid Rock Miracle Centre is receiving $5,000 for its project “Seniors in Action”
- Gilder Club 31 is receiving $18.054 for its project “Gilder Healthy Life – Inter-Ages Active Living Centre”
- The Housing Help Centre is receiving $23,900 for its project “Gursha: Improved integration, housing and financial outcomes for Amharic and Tigrinya seniors”
- Green Field Services Centre of Toronto is receiving $25,000 for its project “Practice Drawing to Exercise the Brain and Make Friends”
- Sesheme Foundation is receiving $22,640 for its project “Financially Savvy Seniors”
“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 Scarborough to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community vitality.”
– Salma Zahid, Member of Parliament, Scarborough Centre
- 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.