Harper Government invests in projects to support seniors in Toronto communities

July 17, 2014 – Etobicoke, Ontario – Employment and Social Development

The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), along with Ted Optiz, MP for Etobicoke Centre, today announced New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding totaling more than $94,000 to four organizations for their projects involving seniors in various Toronto communities.

St. Demetrius Residence will establish the Active Living Seniors’ project to plan recreational and educational activities for seniors.

The Mississauga Jiahua Chinese Senior Association (MJCSA) will set up a social committee to plan programs involving dance troupe, choir and orchestra participants .The project, Creating the Performance Arts Group for Seniors, aims to have participants stage performances that bring to life Chinese culture and traditions.

Through their project Serbian Seniors against Bullying, the group Serbians-Citizens of the World will organize activities with seniors and youth, including workshops that address bullying and that boost seniors’ technical literacy.

Finally, with their project The Lawful Rights of Taiwanese Seniors in Canada, the World of Taiwan Language & Cultural Association will organize educational seminars and lectures on various topics, including power of attorney, divorce, separation, preparation of tax documents for a deceased person, and health topics such as wellness and maintaining a healthy diet.

The Government of Canada is providing more than $33.4 million in funding for over 1,770 community-based projects across Canada funded through the NHSP 2013-2014 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects. NHSP-funded projects help ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and are able to be active, participating members of their communities.

Quick facts

  • Economic Action Plan 2014 has recently proposed an additional $5 million per year for the NHSP to support additional projects that benefit seniors. This is in addition to the $45 million the Government already provides to this program annually.
  • On May 13, 2014, Minister of State Wong launched the NHSP 2014-2015 Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects. Through this call for proposals, organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding for projects that are led or inspired by seniors. The Call closed across Canada on July 4, 2014, except in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where it was extended until July 18, 2014 because of significant damages caused by flooding in June.
  • Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. NHSP funding supports projects that focus on issues such as elder abuse, social isolation and intergenerational learning.
  • The Government of Canada’s seniors.gc.ca website provides seniors, their families and caregivers with important information and resources on programs, services and benefits for seniors.


“Our government is proud to work with such remarkable organizations who dedicate their time and energy to explore dynamic ways of involving seniors in activities that will help raise awareness about elder abuse and preserve cultural traditions.”

– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)

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The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 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. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

NHSP funding is targeted to community-based projects, pan-Canadian projects and pilot projects that focus on issues such as social isolation and intergenerational learning.

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. These projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year per organization in grant funding.

Pan-Canadian projects provide support to help seniors protect themselves from elder abuse, including financial abuse and fraud. These projects help community members recognize elder abuse in all its forms and improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors. Projects focus on developing tools, resources and promising practices that can be adapted and shared across communities, regions or Canada. These projects may be eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

Pilot project funding provides support to help address seniors’ isolation by establishing better social support networks and resources and initiating community interventions. It also supports intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new interests and share their knowledge and experience with others. These pilot projects are eligible to receive up to $100,000 in federal funding over a maximum of 24 months, which will be matched with funding from other sources.

For more information on the NHSP, visit esdc.gc.ca/seniors.

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