Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced that Seniors for Seniors in Brandon will receive $20,565 through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to replace the shingles on the roof on their building on Park Avenue and fund the installation of new blinds for their windows.
"Our Government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our community," said Maguire. "This funding will help ensure local seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to 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 Seniors for Seniors that play such a pivotal role in our community."