The Government of Canada announces over 1,000 new projects in support of seniors impacted by COVID-19
“We cannot allow physical distancing to become social distancing. With this additional funding, we are helping ensure seniors in as many communities as possible across Canada get support and stay connected during the pandemic. We want to help seniors across the country as quickly as possible.”
– The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors
“I’m thrilled to support Shubh Helping Hands’ work to organize virtual activities that bring seniors in our community together safely during the pandemic. This project will make a real difference for local seniors’ quality of life. Our city is resilient and won’t let the pandemic get in the way of the community spirit that defines us.”
– Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills
"I want to thank Minister Schulte and the federal government for delivering this important funding to Mississauga. These grants will change how we support seniors during these challenging times by helping them stay healthy, engaged and plugged into their communities. Our seniors are strong, resilient and determined, and it's important that we do what we can to help reduce social isolation and improve their mental health and well-being. Together, we will overcome COVID-19."
– Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga
Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada is funding thousands of COVID-19-related projects across Canada in communities in every province and territory.
The Prime Minister announced an additional investment of $20 million in the NHSP on May 12, 2020, to help seniors manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemi.
In addition to the projects announced today, through the NHSP, the Government also:
- provided $9 million to the United Way Centraide Canada to distribute to community organizations across the country to help provide essential services to Canadian seniors impacted by COVID-19; and
- gave flexibility to organizations with approved projects in 2019–20 to use their funding to provide support for seniors’ needs specific to COVID-19, regardless of the nature of the previously approved project.
To effectively distribute this funding, previously assessed organizations that applied to the NHSP’s 2019–20 call for proposals were approached to ensure funding was quickly distributed to the communities.
Project activities will take place between July 2020 and March 31, 2021.
The next intake for NHSP is scheduled to open in September.
If infected by COVID-19, Canadians aged 65 and over are at increased risk of more severe outcomes. Advice for those at high risk is available here.
The Prime Minister has also introduced a number of additional measures to help Canadian seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis.
- Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors
- Prime Minister announces support for vulnerable Canadians affected by COVID‑19
- New Horizons for Seniors Program projects can now be used for COVID-19 support
- New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging seniors, strengthening communities
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Minister of Seniors
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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