Week of May 14, 2018
There are many enjoyable things about living in the North. Northerners tend to be particularly connected to the land. Hunting, fishing, hiking, or anything that involves spending time outdoors is what we enjoy most. I am also very proud of the fact that communities throughout our riding have a great appreciation and respect for all of the knowledge and lessons that are passed along by our seniors and elders.
Seniors are valuable, contributing members of our communities. Our government is dedicated to expanding opportunities in order for them to be involved in activities that meet their needs and reflect their individual interests.
That is why I am pleased that applications for 2018-19 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) community-based projects are now being accepted until June 15, 2018.
Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project 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. These micro-grants are an exciting new extension of the NHSP that will allow for seniors to benefit from smaller scale projects.
Three national priorities have been identified for the small grants initiative: projects benefiting vulnerable seniors’ populations, projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors, and projects using volunteerism.
Earlier this year, I announced more than $200,000 for nine New Horizons projects throughout the Kenora riding. The projects will be used to teach computer technology skills, repair facilities that house social activities for seniors, build a greenhouse, and allow elders to pass along their valuable knowledge and experiences to youth. These types of activities empower seniors to pursue an active lifestyle, expand their social network, and explore new learning experiences as technology continues to play a bigger role in day-to-day life.
Since New Horizons began in 2004, the program has funded more than 21,600 projects in communities across Canada, with a total federal investment of more than $452 million.
Canada is at its best when all citizens have the opportunity to reach their full potential and are treated fairly, and the contributions from every segment of society are valued. Investing in our communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging economic growth, it is also about building stronger communities.
We live in a country with an aging population. I feel that it would be a shame to not tap into all of the value and wisdom our seniors have to share.
For more information on the New Horizons for Seniors Program, or to submit an application before the June 15 deadline, visit the Employment and Social Development Canada page on the Government of Canada’s website.
For further information, please contact the offices below: