Government of Canada funds 3,451 projects across Canada to make life better for Canadian seniors

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From: Employment and Social Development Canada

May 16, 2024

Canadians deserve to age with dignity. That comes down to choice, to affordability, to inclusion, and to community. The New Horizons for Seniors Program creates those opportunities for seniors to be more connected, supported and active members of their communities.

Today, Canada’s Minister for Seniors, Seamus O’Regan Jr., announced an investment of $71.27 million in 3,451 community-based projects supporting seniors across the country. This funding was awarded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program’s (NHSP) most recent call for proposals for community-based projects.

As part of the 2023-24 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects, organizations were encouraged to apply for funding to deliver projects that support the national priorities for this cycle:

  • supporting healthy aging;
  • preventing senior abuse;
  • celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion; and
  • supporting financial security.

These projects further support the Government’s work to help Canadian seniors age with dignity and choice. This work also includes the new Canadian Dental Care Plan, which has already helped over 46,000 seniors access dental care, because no one should have to choose between taking care of their teeth and putting food on the table.

Budget 2024 is the Government’s plan to build more homes, faster, help make life cost less, and grow the economy in a way that helps every generation get ahead. The Government’s ongoing support for the New Horizons for Seniors Program means more assistance for community-based projects that strengthen our communities and make life better for Canadian seniors.

Quotes

“Loneliness is an awful thing, and too many seniors feel lonely. They want to be active and feel like they’re part of their community, giving back, helping out, looking after themselves. It’s so important. New Horizons helps make those connections and do all that.”

–Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Seniors

Quick facts

  • Seniors are one of Canada’s fastest-growing population groups. They will represent almost 25% of the population by 2051 and could reach close to 11 million people within 15 years.
  • The New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based stream is a federal grants program whose goal is to invest in projects that help seniors stay active and engaged in the community. Organizations are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding.
  • Program funding supports projects that address one or more of the program’s five objectives: promoting volunteering among seniors and other generations, engaging seniors through the mentoring of others, expanding awareness of elder abuse, supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and programs for seniors.
  • Project proposals are targeted to vulnerable senior populations including Indigenous seniors, seniors with disabilities, members of racialized and newcomer groups, members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities, low-income seniors, veterans, members of official language minority communities and people who primarily speak languages other than English or French.
  • Since its inception in 2004, the program has funded around 40,000 local projects and broader reaching initiatives in hundreds of communities across Canada with the Government of Canada having invested a total of more than $850 million.
  • Every year, organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The projects announced today were approved as part of a call for proposals that was launched on August 1, 2023 and closed on September 28, 2023.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Hartley Witten
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Labour and Seniors, Seamus O’Regan Jr.
343-575-1065
hartley.witten@labour-travail.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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