New Horizons for Seniors Program

From Employment and Social Development Canada

The growth in the population of seniors in Canada is accelerating, with the total number of seniors projected to reach approximately 10 million by 2036. This presents both opportunities and risks for seniors and their communities. Empowering seniors, encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others in the community, and enhancing seniors' social well-being and community vitality are goals of the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The Program provides grants and contributions funding for projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.

The Program has five objectives:

  • 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

Community-based projects are typically eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding per project for up to one year. Pan-Canadian projects are eligible to receive up to $750,000 for up to three years, to address the social isolation of seniors through social innovation approaches, partnerships and a focus on outcomes. This program is complemented by a range of policies, programs and services targeted at seniors, such as the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the National Seniors Council.

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