Killarney, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced that the Killarney New Horizons Drop In Centre will receive $7,077 in federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to replace the windows and build a door shelter for seniors who use the facility.
"I am pleased to be in Killarney to announce federal funding that will benefit the Drop In Centre," said Maguire. "Killarney is a wonderful community and I am always impressed with the volunteerism that is alive and well in Westman! Our Conservative Government recognizes the valuable contribution of seniors to our region and this funding will ensure seniors in the Killarney area can continue to participate in activities at the Drop In Centre."
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 Killarney numerous times and has announced federal funding for several projects across the region. 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. "By working together we are getting results and I am proud to work with organizations like the Killarney New Horizons Drop In Centre that play such a pivotal role in our community."