For Immediate Release
Seniors benefit from Government of Canada support for community-based projects in Quinte West
April 25, 2019 Frankford, ON Employment and Social Development Canada
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, Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $15,925 for a community-based project in Quinte West 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.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 387 is receiving $15,925 for their project to replace and update kitchen equipment in their facility. The funding will allow RCL Branch 387 to maintain their freezer, refrigerator, and dishwasher units, to better support senior Legion members and Legion programs.
“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 their 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 the Bay of Quinte to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community vitality. Our Legions are vital resources for seniors to keep active and engaged, and I am pleased that with this funding the Frankford Legion will be able to continue providing services to seniors in our community.”
– MP Neil Ellis, Bay of Quinte
“On behalf of our seniors, the members of Branch 387 and our community I would like to thank Neil Ellis Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte and the New Horizons for Seniors Program for the grant which will be used to upgrade and replace our kitchen appliances. The new fridge and freezer will ensure the safe storage of food for our seniors and the dishwasher will ensure the dishes are sanitized and will be more user friendly. Serving seniors and our community is a priority of the Royal Canadian Legion and the grant will allow us to continue to do this.”
– Sheila Cole, President of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 387
- 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.
- Budget 2019 proposes significant additional funding of $100 million over five years, with $20 million per year ongoing, for the New Horizons for Seniors Program
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