Tilson Announces Support for Seniors in Dufferin-Caledon
BOLTON, ON – Seniors in Dufferin-Caledon will soon have new volunteer resources available to them announced David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon. The Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO) is receiving $25,000 for its project from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The OACAO is an association of non-profit centres, organizations, clubs and individuals involved with working with older adults. The OACAO represents more than 160 centres and organizations and 160,000 older adults across the province of Ontario, and all members will have access to the new resources.
The OACAO’s project will train eight senior regional volunteer leaders who will represent their respective regions on the OACAO Board of Directors and will be involved with the planning of regional workshops and networking opportunities.
- Under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), up to $25,000 in grant funding can be provided to eligible organizations for community-based projects that are led or inspired by seniors.
- Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 increased funding for the NHSP by $5 million per year, for a total of $50 million provided to this program annually.
- Since 2006, $2.8 billion in annual tax relief has been provided to seniors and pensioners.
- Minister Wong launched the Government of Canada Action for Seniors report in September 2014. The report is a new information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families and caregivers. It was created in collaboration with more than 22 federal departments and agencies. The report can be found on Canada.ca/Seniors
“Our Government is proud to support seniors in communities across Canada through lowering taxes and investing in meaningful initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Through partnering with organizations, we can help to keep seniors active, engaged and informed.”
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
“Our Government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors have made to our society and the economy. By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their communities.”
-David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon
“The OACAO is very excited about our project - Regional Approach to Volunteer Engagement, Mentorship and Sustainability. We will engage, educate and empower
eight older adult volunteers to have leadership and mentorship roles in their regions across Ontario. Regional meetings and education forums will be held over the course of the upcoming year. Resources and project findings will be made available on an interactive website and will be accessible to all volunteers in Dufferin-Caledon.”
-Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director, Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario