NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – 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, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $24,500 for a community-based project in Greater Sudbury/Nickel Belt that will help seniors stay active and involved in their community.
Funding for this 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.
The RCL Ont 564 Branch is receiving $24,500 for their “Never Too Late to Dance” project. This project will help the RCL Ont Branch 564 create a community hub providing opportunities for seniors to socialize and make new friends, develop new skills, share their experience and expertise with others including our youth, improve physical well-being through special programs such as line dancing with walkers, and participate in community initiatives.
“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
“Staying active and social included is such an important part of assuring a good quality of life for our seniors. I am sure many will enjoy the dancing, the music and the sense of community at the Lockerby Legion Branch 564!”
–Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt
“Our seniors are a valuable resource. They have contributed so much to society and have a wealth of knowledge, experience and wisdom to share. It is our responsibility to ensure that their needs are met, and they continue to have a place in society where they can live their lives comfortably.”
–Mary Nada Michasiw, President, Lockerby Legion Branch 564
- Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The project funding announced today was approved as part of a call for proposals that launched on May 7, 2018, and closed on June 22, 2018.
- 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.
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Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt