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New Horizons for Seniors Program - Canada Seniors News

  • Published: 2010-05-17 : Author: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • Synopsis: New Horizons for Seniors Program helps non-profit organizations upgrade facilities or equipment required for seniors programs and activities.

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Government of Canada Supports Canadian Seniors

Seniors will continue to have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to their communities thanks to Government of Canada funding for 626 new projects for Canadian seniors.

The Honorable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), made this announcement on behalf of the Honorable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today in Halifax.

"Seniors are valuable members of society who contribute a diversity of skills, knowledge and experience to their communities," said Minister Ablonczy. "That's why the Government of Canada is proud to invest in organizations that encourage seniors to remain engaged in their communities from coast to coast to coast."

Minister Ablonczy made the announcement at the Northwood Broadcasting Club in Halifax, which received $8,500 in funding for its Capital Assistance project to replace outdated computer equipment and software. Through this investment, seniors will be able to continue producing and broadcasting radio programming for nearly 300,000 seniors in Atlantic Canada.

The Capital Assistance funding component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program helps non-profit organizations upgrade facilities or equipment required for existing seniors' programs and activities. Total funding announced for these 626 projects is more than $8.5 million.

There is currently a Capital Assistance call for proposals in Quebec, which will close September 17, 2010. The next call for proposals under the Capital Assistance stream for the rest of Canada (except Quebec) is planned for late summer 2010. To find out more about this upcoming call, please visit

Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 6,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100,000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program.

The recent Jobs and Growth Budget committed $5 million per year to increase funding for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This will be in addition to the $35 million provided every year to support projects for seniors in communities across Canada.

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Across Canada, the New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to actively contribute to and benefit from the quality of life in their communities.

Budget 2010 committed $5 million per year to increase funding for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This will be in addition to the $35 million that is the current overall budget for the Program. Plans for the implementation of this new funding are now under development.

The Program offers three types of funding to organizations:

1. Community Participation and Leadership funding (up to $25,000): this funding supports community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.

2. Capital Assistance funding (up to $25,000): this funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing seniors' programs and activities. It enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs and activities in their communities.

3. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 annually over a maximum of three years): this funding helps non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of older adults on a national or regional level. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be available to improve quality of life, safety and security for seniors.

Funding Breakdown by Province and Territory:

Province or TerritoryNumber of ProjectsTotal Funding Amount
British Columbia56$827,154
New Brunswick12$271,410
Newfoundland and Labrador20$232,427
Northwest Territories1$24,596
Nova Scotia32$375,256
Prince Edward Island14$186,998

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