Notes for an address to CPHC, Brockville
Thank you and welcome everyone.
As the Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville I am pleased to be here today to announce more good news for our community.
Did you know that one in seven Canadians is over the age of 65, and in 25 years, nearly one in four Canadians will be a senior?
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada is taking action to enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
From encouraging seniors to volunteer, to improving seniors’ facilities and increasing the awareness of elder abuse, the New Horizons for Seniors Program works to better the lives of all Canadians.
Since its creation in 2004, the Program has helped seniors lead and participate in activities across Canada.
The Program supports the social participation and inclusion of seniors through five objectives:
promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding per year, per organization. Pan-Canadian projects that support the prevention of elder abuse are eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year in contribution or grant funding, for up to a maximum of three years.
There are many organizations in Canada that are dedicated to helping seniors maintain a high quality of life and continue to be active, participating members of their communities.
In 2013, we provided more than $33 million to support over 1700 community-based projects for seniors across the country. Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12 000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
So I am pleased to announce today that Community and Primary Health care has received $25,000 to fund a new project called Passport to Wholeness for Seniors.
The project will engage seniors and provide them with information through a series of workshops.
The information will better equip them to deal with their senior years and to plan for their future.
This will be a positive step in improving the lives of seniors.
So, congratulations to the Board, Ruth Kitson and her staff.
Thank you again for inviting me to be here this morning.