Local Organizations Supporting Seniors Receive New Horizons Funding
January 12, 2018 Kelowna, British Columbia
Employment and Social Development Canada
On behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country is pleased to announce that 5 local organizations have received funding under the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program(NHSP).
The New Horizons for Seniors Program promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. It enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.
In total, $86,356.00 has been allocated to the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association, the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society, the Royal Canadian Legion Oyama Branch 189, the Okanagan Men’s Sheds Association, and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 Kelowna.
With this funding local organizations will support seniors activities that include: computer workshops to allow seniors to acquire information technology skills so they can operate a seniors’ e-communication network; planning and coordinating dance pieces for other seniors to perform at a dance festival; renovations that will improve access to meetings, social functions, shuffleboard and darts, community gatherings, and fund raising activities; and activities that encourage senior men to participate in woodworking and tech-related activities.
“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed. We support a wide array of New Horizons for Seniors Program projects that bring seniors together in innovative ways to help build communities that are strong and vibrant. These grassroots projects are community-driven and promote social interaction, positive aging and seniors’ well-being. They reach out to seniors and encourage them to pursue active lifestyles, expand their social network and play a leading role in activities that inspire goodwill, sharing and fellowship among community members.
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“With this funding support, the Government of Canada continues to recognize the contribution of organizations in Kelowna-Lake Country who dedicate their time and effort to improving the quality of life for seniors in or community. I thank those organizations and their volunteers who recognize the valuable contribution our seniors make by ensuring our seniors stay involved and active in our communities.”
– Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country
- These projects were approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects.
- Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.
- Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 21,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $452.5 million.
- The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.
- Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.
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
- Contact: Stephen Fuhr, CD, MP 250 470-5075