Minister Tassi wraps up successful visit to British Columbia to highlight commitment to seniors

News release

August 21, 2018         Gatineau, Quebec                 Employment and Social Development Canada

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 the country.

Over the past week, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, met with numerous seniors’ organizations in British Columbia that received funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) to discuss and seek insight into issues seniors face in British Columbia. The tour included visits to many organizations that serve seniors.

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


“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, our government is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors to participate in meaningful activities. I was pleased to have the opportunity to see how all these organizations help seniors expand their social network and explore new learning experiences.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

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.

  • 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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Annabelle Archambault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Seniors

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada

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