Supporting Community-based projects for Seniors in Guelph
April 25, 2019
Dublin Street United Church with Rev. Bruce Dickson, member of congregation Len and MP Longfield
learn about the improvements in the building which allow for hearing impaired individuals to listen via headsets
Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and country. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Government of Canada continues to meet the needs of seniors by supporting initiatives that help them stay active and involved in their communities.
Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, visited some of the community based projects that are helping seniors stay active and involved in our community.
Funding for these project is being provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience to stay active and engaged.
MP Longfield speaks with Angela Picot about the program that the Guelph Community Health Centre is leading to engage seniors with youth at the community farm.
The Guelph Community Health Centre received $11,000 for the project Creative conversations with seniors and youth: art on the farm, Sarah Jane Burton received $16,108 for her program which offers dance classes for those with Parkinson’s Disease and a social time to connect. The Dublin Street United Church also received $17,510 to provide a more welcoming, accessible and safer facility for community seniors.
“Seniors are the pillars of our communities. By supporting community-based projects like these, we are taking action to ensure that seniors have a strong presence in communities across Canada and that they receive the recognition, respect and admiration they deserve.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors in Guelph to participate in meaningful activities that contributing to our community and foster their connections. We have so much to learn from seniors and this programs gives us that opportunity”
– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph
Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals.
Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant 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.
A total of approximately $35 million has been approved across Canada for NHSP community-based projects in 2018–2019.
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.