Seniors in Stellarton have the opportunity to participate in new project benefiting many in their community

Left to right: Paul Corbin, Director Community Development and Recreation, Town of Stellarton; Susan Campbell, Councilor Town of Stellarton; Danny MacGillivray, Mayor Town of Stellarton; Sean Fraser MP; Simon Lawand, Councilor Town of Stellarton; Susan Higdon, Clerk, Town of Stellarton.

News Release
Monday March 12, 2018
Stellarton, Nova Scotia
Employment and Social Development Canada

Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering seniors across Canada so they can contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.

Sean Fraser, the Member of Parliament for Central Nova announced today on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development that the Town of Stellarton is receiving $7,941 through the New Horizons for Seniors Funding Program to revitalize the town’s community centre, located by the Albion Ball Field.

The Stellarton Community Centre has been a community driven building throughout its history. From miner’s museum to community library to the Stellartite Seniors club, it has been a facility utilized by people of all ages. Today the Community centre is home to many groups and clubs providing programming for adults and seniors. This grant will bring much needed improvement to equipment for the building to run more efficient and healthier with a new air exchanger and heat pump. Also equipment for the users of the facility with new tables and chairs.

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

“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all Canadians have a real and fair chance to succeed. We support a wide array of New Horizons for Seniors Program projects that bring seniors together in innovative ways to help build communities that are strong and vibrant. These grassroots projects are community-driven and promote social interaction, positive aging and seniors’ well-being. They reach out to seniors and encourage them to pursue active lifestyles, expand their social network and play a leading role in activities that inspire goodwill, sharing and fellowship among community members.
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada

“The Government of Canada is dedicated to expanding opportunities for Canadian seniors to get involved in community activities that meet their needs, reflect their interests, and tap their collective resources and experiences. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based projects so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many, and I am thrilled to see this investment here in Stellarton, knowing the opportunities it with open up for our senior population, and the greater community.”
– Sean Fraser Member of Parliament for Central Nova

“The Town of Stellarton is thrilled that the Government of Canada has awarded our Community Centre with $7,941 through the New Horizons for Seniors program. These funds will allow our many community groups to continue their programming in a happy and healthy environment, within the Stellarton Community Centre.”
– Danny MacGillivray, Mayor, Town of Stellarton

Quick Facts

• This project was approved through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects.

• Through the NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for more than 1,880 community-based projects.

• 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.

• The NHSP 2017-2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects was open from May 10, 2017 until June 23, 2017.

• Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.

The objectives of the NHSP are:
• promoting volunteerism among seniors;
• engaging seniors in the community through mentoring of others;
• expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
• supporting social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
• providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

NHSP funding supports community-based projects and pan-Canadian projects.

Community-based projects

Community-based project funding supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. These projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding. Approximately
$35 million is provided each year for community-based projects.

More than 1,880 projects across Canada were approved through the NHSP 2017–2018 Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects. It invited organizations to apply for funding for projects that help empower seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support communities by increasing their capacity to address local issues.

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Pan-Canadian projects
Pan-Canadian projects test and share best practices across the country and replicate interventions that have worked well in addressing seniors’ issues.

Projects that have received funding through the NHSP 2015–2016 Call for Proposals for Pan-Canadian Projects are using a collective impact approach where project partners work together to achieve measurable results in addressing social isolation among seniors.

These projects are funded for up to three years and receive financial support of up to $750,000.

More than $21 million is being made available for pan-Canadian projects funded through the NHSP 2015–2016 Call for Proposals.

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