Maryam Monsef

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Peterborough-Kawartha

Maryam Monsef

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Peterborough-Kawartha

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Release: MP Monsef announces call for proposals to engage and support seniors

May 10, 2018           Peterborough, Ontario

Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to empowering all Canadians, including seniors, to contribute to and share in the prosperity of our country.

In support of this commitment, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2018-2019 call for proposals for Community-based Projects. Programs like NHSP not only encourage seniors to stay involved in their community, but also increase their social participation and inclusion. This is key to enhancing their well-being and quality of life, as well as to enable them to stay active and share their knowledge, skills, and experience with other community members.

Peterborough–Kawartha is home to over 40,000 seniors, all of whom are valuable members of our communities. Their involvement builds a stronger and healthier community in which we can all thrive.

The NHSP call for proposals, open until June 15, 2018, is seeking proposals for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding, under the following three national priorities, for projects that empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that:

• benefit vulnerable seniors’ populations,
• focus on diversity of Canada’s seniors; and
• will promote volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity.

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding. In our community, we’ve seen the impact this funding can have, such as PARN’s Intergenerational Media Capsules workshop for seniors and youth, where both groups cooperatively shared and digitally recorded their personal narratives permitting social integration; and Curve Lake First Nation’s Passport to Mno-Bimaadziwin Senior initiative, which established dynamic monthly programs for seniors including lunch and learn sessions, tai chi, yoga, pickle ball and dance. Havelock’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 389 also received funding to facilitate flooring improvements, to safeguard seniors while they engage in social activities such as exercise classes, events and meetings at the Branch.

The Government of Canada recognizes the significant contributions that seniors make to our communities. By investing in NHSP community-based projects that help reinforce partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations, the Government is confirming its commitment to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.

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“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, our government is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community prosperity. These activities empower seniors, enabling them to pursue an active lifestyle, expand their social network and explore new learning experiences that will better help them face the challenges of our rapidly evolving society.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“I strongly encourage local organizations to apply for the New Horizons for Seniors Program funds. Peterborough—Kawartha has promising practices and an opportunity to better engage the talent and wisdom of our elders. Since becoming MP, 14 projects from our riding have received $208,828 and our communities are better for them. ”
– Hon. Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha

Quick Facts

  • Call for proposals is open from May 7, 2018 until June 15, 2018.
  • Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding, and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years (including the 2012-2013 NHSP call for proposals).
  • Three national priorities have been identified for the small grants initiative: projects benefiting vulnerable seniors populations, projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors, and projects using volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity. Applicants must submit projects in line with at least one of these priorities.
  • Since 2004, the Program has funded more than 21,600 projects in communities across Canada, with a total federal investment of more than $452 million.

Associated Links 

• Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects
• Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Pan-Canadian projects
• New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging Seniors, Strengthening Communities 

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Elizabeth Healey
Special Assistant (Communications)
Office of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha
705-927-7315

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Backgrounder
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The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

The objectives of the NHSP are:

• Promoting volunteerism among seniors;
• Engaging seniors in the community through mentoring of others;
• Expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
• Supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
• Providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

NHSP funding supports community-based projects and pan-Canadian projects.

Community-based projects
Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years. Approximately $35 million is provided each year for community-based projects.

The NHSP 2018-2019 call for proposals for community-based projects closes on June 15, 2018. Organizations are invited to apply for funding of up to $25,000 for projects that help empower seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support communities by increasing their capacity to address local issues.

Approximately 1,905 projects across Canada were approved through the NHSP 2017-2018 call for proposals for Community-based Projects and 1,885 of these are now in progress.

For more information, visit Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – community-based projects, where the Program’s priorities can also be found in the applicant guide.

Pan-Canadian projects
Pan-Canadian projects test and share best practices across the country and replicate interventions that have worked well in addressing seniors’ issues.

Projects that have received funding through the NHSP 2015–2016 call for proposals for pan-Canadian projects are using a collective impact approach where project partners work together to achieve measurable results in addressing social isolation among seniors.

Funded projects are up to three years in duration and are receiving financial support of up to $750,000.

More than $21 million is being made available for pan-Canadian projects funded through the NHSP 2018–2019 call for proposals.

For more information, visit Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – pan-Canadian projects.