Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program Calls for New Proposals for Funding

May 9, 2012

(OTTAWA, May 8, 2012) Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, is pleased to inform Etobicoke Centre constituents that the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) has launched the 2012-2013 call for new proposals for community-based projects today.

 The Government of Canada has provided more than $35.6 million in funding for almost 2,000 community projects under the NHSP. Yesterday, it was revealed that four organizations in Etobicoke Centre were to receive funding this upcoming year:  St. Demetrius Development Corporation, “Creative Connections”; Jiahua Seniors Centre, “Arts and Crafts Training and Exhibition for Seniors”; Toronto Jinqiu Seniors Association, “Golden Autumn” and the Serbians-Citizens of the World, “Serbian Seniors’ Peer Support Help Line”.

Organizations can receive up to $25,000 in funding per year under the NHSP. To be eligible, they must address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation, and capital assistance.

“By investing in these community projects, our government is improving  both the quality of life for Canadian seniors and their neighbourhoods,” Mr. Opitz commented. “I would urge all eligible organizations in Etobicoke Centre to take hold of this opportunity and submit a proposal for funding under the New Horizons for Seniors Program.”

 The application deadline for community-based projects is June 29, 2012. For more information about the call for proposals, a breakdown of the criteria required, please visit: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.
For media enquiries, please contact:

Paloma Aguilar  Gonzalez
Legislative Assistant
Office of Ted Opitz, MP
Etobicoke Centre
(613) 947-5000
Ted.Opitz@parl.gc.ca