Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced that Royal Canadian Legion No 3 in Brandon will receive $15,500 through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to replace the stairs and install a chair lift to allow Veterans and seniors easier access into the building.
"I am really pleased that this funding will help offset the costs of these improvements for the Legion. Our Government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors and Veterans have made to our community," said Maguire. "This funding will help ensure local Veterans can continue to come to the Legion and be active members of our 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.
The Government of Canada is also providing 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.
Since 2006, $2.8 billion in annual tax relief has been provided to seniors and pensioners and 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 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.
Maguire concluded, "I will continue to stand up and be a strong voice for Westman. By working together we are getting results and I am proud to work with organizations like the Royal Canadian Legion that play such a pivotal role in our community."