Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced that Prairie Oasis Senior Center in Brandon will receive $25,000 through the New Horizons for Seniors Program to replace flooring, cupboards and purchase chairs to allow seniors to continue to develop and plan programs and activities such as meals and bingos.
"I am pleased to once again announce federal funding for the Prairie Oasis Senior Center," said Maguire. "This funding will ensure that seniors can continue to remain active in 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.
"Canadian seniors have played a central role in building this country," said Maguire. "They have earned our respect and admiration, and they deserve our support to help them enjoy the best quality of life possible."
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 tax 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 Prairie Oasis that play such a pivotal role in our community."