The following is an announcement from the Canadian Department of Social Development:
GRAND SAULT, New Brunswick, May 11 - Andy Savoy, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, on behalf of Ken Dryden, Minister of Social Development, today announced $10,000 in funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Government of Canada is providing funding to the Grand Falls Genealogy Club for its Bring the Past to Life program.
"The Government of Canada is committed to strengthening and building inclusive communities that promote the active living, empowerment, and dignity of seniors," said Minister Dryden. "These projects will enable seniors to share their skills, experience, and wisdom with others in their community."
"We are pleased to help organizations that enable seniors to be active members of our community," said Mr. Savoy. "Groups like the Grand Falls Genealogy Club are essential partners in helping to strengthen Canada's social foundations."
"New Horizons for Seniors has proven to be extremely valuable in promoting community activities by and in support of seniors," said Tony Ianno, Minister of State (Families and Caregivers). "Increased funding for New Horizons for Seniors in the recent budget reinforces our commitment to ensuring a high quality of life for all seniors."
The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides grants to support a range of community-based projects across Canada that enable seniors to participate in social activities, pursue an active life, and contribute to their communities.
Projects support broad national objectives and regional priorities. They are inspired, implemented, and led by seniors in local communities. Priorities are set by those who are engaged in seniors' issues in each province and territory. Members of the review committee are in the best position to understand the needs of their communities and to know which projects they will benefit from.
These projects have been reviewed to ensure compliance with the Department's administration of its grants and contributions program and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.
Funding for these projects was provided for in the 2005 federal budget. In response to an overwhelming interest in the program, the Government of Canada announced an increase in funding to the New Horizons for Seniors Program in the 2005 budget. The overall program budget will be increased to $15 million in 2005-06 and will reach $25 million by 2007-08.
Seniors are a priority for the Government of Canada. To underscore this commitment, Budget 2005 included other significant measures, including:
- Increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Allowance, and the Allowance for the survivor to help address the needs of Canada's poorest seniors. Starting January 1, 2006, the Guaranteed Income Supplement will be increased by $18 a month for single recipients and by $29 a month for couples. It will increase by the same amount again on January 1, 2007.
- Providing $13 million in funding over five years to establish a National Seniors' Secretariat within Social Development Canada, to serve as a focal point for collaborative efforts to address the challenges facing seniors. The Secretariat will work across the federal government, with other levels of government, as well as with experts and others to align policies and programs for seniors today and in the future.
For more information on the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program, visit our Web site at www.sdc.gc.ca and see attached backgrounder. The next Call for Applications will open in June 2005.