Regional Committees - New Horizons for Seniors Program

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) community-based stream is a federal grants program that supports projects designed by and for seniors. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

The NHSP community-based stream supports projects that help improve the well-being and quality of life of seniors and foster social inclusion and engagement of older Canadians in all aspects of society. Every year, organizations are invited to submit funding applications for projects that are led and inspired by seniors.

As NHSP is a community driven program and is based on local and regional involvement, Regional Committees are established to support the assessment of funding applications.

Regional Committees

Regional Committees contribute to maintain a regional and local perspective during the assessment of funding applications and help ensure that funding decisions are fair, open and transparent. A Regional Committee is formed in each province and territory across Canada.

Regional Committee members include representatives from seniors organizations and communities, as well as official language minority communities, Indigenous communities, and provincial and territorial government as well as other people actively involved in addressing seniors issues.

During the application assessment process, Service Canada relies on Regional Committee members experience and knowledge of regional and local communities, including seniors issues, to make informed decisions about the funding of project proposals.

During the assessment, each Regional Committee aims to represent the contribution of all sectors of society (public, voluntary, social economy, private and citizens themselves), including official language minority communities, Indigenous communities, and other representation of vulnerable seniors from the community, as needed.

Regional Service Canada is responsible for selecting and training committee members. Regional Committees will proceed to the assessment of the funding applications in fall 2019.

In Quebec, the Joint Management Committee is made up of representatives from the Quebec government and Employment and Social Development Canada, in accordance with the Canada-Quebec Memorandum of Understanding on the NHSP. Accordingly, there is no recruitment process for the province of Quebec.

Mandate

The mandate of each Regional Committee is:

  • to provide regional perspective
  • to help promote the NHSP in their own community
  • to review and assess funding applications for community-based projects
  • to recommend to the Department, projects that would qualify for NHSP funding

Consistent with the philosophy of the NHSP, regional committee members will serve on a voluntary basis, without compensation, other than travel costs incurred, which will be reimbursed as per the rates prescribed in the Travel Directive (accommodation, kilometric rates and meals allowances) when convened by Service Canada.

How you can become a Regional Committee member

The application period to become a Regional Committee member is now closed.

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