Ottawa - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The deadline for applications is July 4, 2014
"This program has recently funded numerous seniors' organizations across Southwestern Manitoba. I encourage interested groups to apply to purchase new equipment or renovate their current facility," said Larry Maguire.
New Horizons for Seniors helps community-based seniors groups make a difference in their communities and engage and empower our seniors to lead active, productive lives. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding. Projects must address one or more of the program's five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
Larry Maguire said, "I will continue to stand up for seniors and make their voices heard in Ottawa."
For more information on the New Horizons for Seniors Program please visit www.esdc.gc.ca/seniors
Quick Facts about Canada's Seniors
Since 2006, $2.8 billion in annual tax relief has been provided to seniors and pensioners.
- Canada's low-income rate for seniors has fallen from 21.4% in 1980 to 5.2% in 2011; one of the lowest rates in the industrial world.
- Budget 2011 introduced the largest GIS increase in over 25 years, investing more than $300 million per year to further improve the financial security and well-being of more than 680,000 seniors across Canada.
- Our government has also implemented pension income-splitting for pensioners, allowing seniors and pensioners to allocate up to one-half of eligible pension income to their spouse or common-law partner for added tax relief.
- In 2014, a single senior can earn at least $20,054 and a couple can earn at least $40,108 before paying federal income tax.
As a result of actions taken since 2006, approximately 380,000 seniors have been removed from the tax rolls completely.