Melita, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced that the Antler River Recreation District in Melita will receive $17,000 in federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to purchase tables, chairs, pressing equipment, sewing machines and sergers to facilitate a new sewing program for local seniors.
"I am pleased to announce federal funding that will benefit the Antler River Recreation District," said Maguire. "I want to thank all the volunteers and members whose hard work and dedication has made this project happen. By working together we are continuing to get results for Melita. I also want to thank all the seniors who continue to be very active in their community."
The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects up to $25,000 in grant funding. Funding can be provided to eligible organizations for community-based projects that are led or inspired by seniors. Since 2006, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
Since elected, Maguire has worked closely with seniors in Westman, visited Melita numerous times and has announced federal funding for several projects across the region including the dike that will flood protection and federal funding for Melita Lodge. Maguire has also supported the Conservative Government's plan to lower taxes for seniors that will improve their quality of life. Since 2006, the Conservative Government has provided over $2.8 billion in annual tax relief to seniors and introduced the largest top-up to the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for the lowest income seniors in a quarter century.
Maguire has stated on numerous occasions that he will continue to work 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 Harper Government, approximately 380,000 seniors have been removed from the tax rolls completely.
"I will continue to stand up and be a strong voice for Westman," Maguire concluded. "I am proud to work with organizations like the Antler River Recreation District that play such a pivotal role in our community."