Marc Serré

Your member of parliament for

Nickel Belt

Marc Serré

Your member of parliament for

Nickel Belt


Seniors benefit from Government of Canada support for Rayside Balfour Seniors Craft Shop

NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Seniors contribute to their families, communities and country in a significant way. The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), is an program from the Government of Canada 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 $25,000 for a community-based project in Rayside Balfour 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 funding announced today will help the Senior’s Craft Shop replace the ventilation and dust collecting system in their woodworking shop so that that seniors can continue to enjoy activities in a clean and safe environment.



“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

“Seniors benefit so much from activities like woodworking. It’s a chance to use their skills, connect and share in an engaging way! I commend the Seniors Craft Shop for upgrading their facilities with funding from the New Horizons for Seniors program to assure that seniors can keep doing the things that bring them joy and help their wellbeing!”

-Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt

“Our members are very appreciative for this grant, which is received from our Federal Government. Improving our ventilation system means a much better and cleaner working environment. The air conditions will be greatly improved which will help the members feel that they are in a better and safer working place. The shop will be a much more pleasant area to work in.”
Rhéal Lessard, Seniors Craft Shop Representative


Quick Facts

  • 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.



Related products

Backgrounder: New Horizons for Seniors Program


Associated Links

New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging Seniors, Strengthening Communities

Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects

Budget 2018

National Seniors Council

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Media Contact:
Kaylie Dudgeon
Special Assistant
Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt