Backgrounder: New Horizons for Seniors Program 


The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program. The funding supports projects that:

  • empower seniors in their communities; and
  • contribute to improving seniors’ health and well-being.

Seniors lead and inspire projects to make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

The objectives of the NHSP are:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and 
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and programs for seniors. 

The NHSP provides seniors access to important recreational and social programs, and initiatives that reflect the current realities of seniors and senior-serving organizations. The program continues to empower and support seniors through curated program parameters, delivery and access to ensure their needs.

Since 2004, the NHSP has funded more than 30,500 projects, including projects related to COVID-19, in hundreds of communities across Canada. The total Government of Canada investment has been more than $660 million. NHSP funding supports community-based projects and pan-Canadian projects.

Community-based projects
Community-based project funding supports activities where seniors are engaged, connected and actively involved in their communities. Organizations are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding.

As part of the 2021–22 NHSP community-based call for proposals, organizations were able to apply for funding that supports the NHSP national priorities for this cycle:

Priority 1: Supporting healthy ageing
This includes:

  • addressing social isolation, which involves supporting seniors’ digital literacy;
  • addressing ageism;
  • addressing mental health and dementia; and
  • developing and delivering virtual programming for the above.

Priority 2: Preventing senior abuse
This includes:

  • helping seniors navigate access to government benefits and providing support to file their taxes;
  • supporting the financial empowerment of seniors; and
  • introducing measures to reduce crimes and harm against seniors.

Priority 3: Celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion
This includes:

  • promoting intergenerational mentoring and engagement; and
  • serving members of the following vulnerable groups: Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, members of racialized and newcomer groups, members of LGBTQ2+ communities, low-income seniors and veterans.

Priority 4: Helping seniors to age in place
This includes:

  • providing practical supports to seniors to help them remain in their homes longer.

For more information, visit About the New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects

Pan-Canadian project
Pan-Canadian projects test and share best practices across the country and replicate approaches that have worked well to address seniors’ issues. Project partners work together to achieve measurable results to increase the social inclusion of seniors. The objectives of collective impact projects funded through the NHSP pan-Canadian stream are to:

  • build the collective capacity of organizations
  • promote improved access to information, programs and services for seniors;
  • support action research for increasing the level of social inclusion;
  • develop innovative approaches to engage senior volunteers; and
  • address systemic barriers that contribute to the social exclusion of seniors.

For more information, visit Funding: Pan-Canadian projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

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