April 13, 2010
The Government of Canada Supports Seniors in Lougheed
Mr. Benoit made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors).
The Lougheed Senior Citizens’ Welcome Club will receive $7,366 for the renovation of its floor in the main hall.
“Canada’s seniors worked hard to make this country the strong nation it is today,” said Benoit. “Our government is proud to support projects that engage seniors and keep them involved in their communities.”
Capital Assistance funding helps non-profit organizations upgrade facilities or equipment required for existing seniors’ programs and activities. This project is one of 645 projects that were approved through the 2009–2010 call for proposals, providing more than $8.5 million in funding through the Capital Assistance funding stream.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program helps to ensure that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities through their social participation and active living. Since its beginning, the Program has funded over 6,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. Last year alone, more than 100,000 seniors in over 500 communities throughout the country were involved in projects funded by the Program.
Year Two of Canada’s Economic Action Plan committed $10 million over two years to increase funding for the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This will be in addition to the $35 million that is the current overall budget for the Program. Plans for the implementation of this new funding are now under development.
For more information about the Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.