KANATA – As the fastest-growing population in the country, seniors are a vital part of our society. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government is delivering on its promise to support seniors through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages seniors to use their skills and experience to make a difference in their communities. The New Horizons for Seniors Program is about making communities stronger.
The program funds a wide range of non-profit activities led by seniors, such as volunteering, outreach, mentoring and teaching that will benefit the communities they live in. Canada’s Government is providing almost $14 million for 775 New Horizons for Seniors Program projects across the country.
In December 2006, $5,441,693 in funding was announced for the New Horizons for Seniors Program in Ontario. Our government recognizes the important role that seniors can play in building a bright future for our communities.
“Seniors have worked hard all their lives and deserve our effort and support,” said Gordon O’Connor. “The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps all of us by directly helping seniors in our communities."
Presently, several innovative activities already take place across Canada in which seniors are making a difference. Seniors have organized a telephone network to reach out to home-bound seniors, they help students with their homework in after-school projects and they have built a community garden to share their knowledge of traditional plants and their cultural uses.
Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Canada’s New Government is committed to encouraging seniors to contribute their skills, experience and wisdom through social participation and active living.
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