Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced the New Horizons for Seniors Program call for proposals for local projects. The Program provides funding for projects that encourage seniors to play an important role in their communities by volunteering, participating in and leading community activities. The program also provides funds to help organizations make necessary modifications or repairs to their existing facilities, or to purchase/replace equipment and furnishings to enable programs and activities for seniors. The application period begins immediately and will close on July 10, 2015.
"By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are helping Westman seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities," said Maguire. "Our Government understands that Canadian seniors have played a central part in building this country. They have earned our respect and admiration, and they deserve our support to help them enjoy the best quality of life possible."
Community-based projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program that enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others, and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues, are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year, per organization.
Projects must address one or more of the program's five objectives:
- Promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
- Engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
- Expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
- Supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
- Providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
- Not-for-profit organizations;
- Examples of not-for-profit organizations can be: churches or church associations, charities, activity clubs, volunteer organizations, professional associations, museums, or in some cases sports associations.
- For-profit enterprises may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the proposed activity is non-commercial, not intended to generate profit, and supports program objectives.
Funding applications can be found at: www.seniors.gc.ca/
Since Maguire was elected as the Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, he has worked with local senior organizations and with colleagues in Ottawa to improve the programs available for Canadian seniors. He is honoured to be part of a team in Ottawa that is providing tax relief and that 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. In 2014, a single senior can now earn at least $20,054 and a couple can earn at least $40,108 before paying federal income tax. As a result of the actions taken by the Federal Government, approximately 380,000 seniors have been removed from the tax rolls completely.