Minister Hajdu highlights continued commitment to helping seniors

News release

August 21, 2018        Ladysmith, British Columbia      Employment and Social Development Canada

Seniors have a wealth of knowledge, skills and experiences that make a difference in the lives of others. The Government of Canada encourages seniors to participate in and contribute to the prosperity of the country.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, today announced, funding in the amount of $22,644 under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to make improvements to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 building allowing seniors to attend activities such as line dancing, cribbage and art groups. The estimated number of seniors and non-seniors who will benefit from this project is close to 500.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 has been funded four times since 2015 and received $64,640 for their projects funded through the NHSP from the Government of Canada to support their ongoing work to help seniors in British Columbia.

The NHSP promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. This popular program enhances senior’s social well-being and enables seniors to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.

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“The Government of Canada supports Canadian seniors, including those who are veterans, through initiatives like the New Horizons for Seniors Program which promotes social inclusion, positive aging and seniors’ well-being. The Royal Canadian Legion 171 plays an important role in supporting seniors, their families and the community.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is committed to supporting and promoting seniors’ health, well-being and contributions by encouraging them to stay active, engaged and informed.

  • The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) supports the Government of Canada’s overarching social goals to enhance the quality of life and promote the full participation of all individuals, including seniors, in all aspects of Canadian society, by supporting initiatives that engage seniors and address seniors’ issues.

  • The NHSP supports projects led or inspired by seniors that make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

  • The NHSP provides funding to organizations that help ensure seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

  • The NHSP fosters social inclusion and the engagement of seniors by encouraging them to stay active, engaged and informed through projects led or inspired by seniors that make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

  • 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.

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Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
veronique.simard@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
819-654-5611

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