For Immediate Release
Seniors benefit from Government of Canada support for community-based projects in Bay of Quinte
May 23, 2019 Belleville, 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 $13,553 for a community-based project in Belleville 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.
Volunteer and Information Quinte is receiving $13,553 for their project “Seniors Building Stronger Communities”. The funding will allow VIQ to host intergenerational skills workshops to promote volunteerism among senior community members.
“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
“The New Horizons for Seniors Program is providing opportunities for seniors in the Bay of Quinte to participate in meaningful activities and programs that they have designed. Volunteer and Information Quinte is a vital organization in our community, and their dedication to engaging seniors in volunteerism is truly worth celebrating.”
– MP Neil Ellis, Bay of Quinte
“VIQ is grateful to New Horizon’s for Seniors for providing grant monies to our Seniors Building Stronger Communities project. This Project encourages positive social outcomes for seniors volunteering to contribute to community programs and services. Building sustainable programming and strengthening community by engaging seniors and utilizing their skills and expertise. Encouraging volunteer engagement leads to better physical and
mental health. Thank you to MP Neil Ellis for your continuous support to VIQ and our community.”
– Brenda Snider, Executive Director of Volunteer and Information Quinte
- 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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