Tilson Announces New Horizons Funding for Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario

March 27, 2021

BOLTON, ON – Today, David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, announced an investment of $25,000 for a community-based project that will help seniors stay active and involved in their community.

Funding for this project is being provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills, and experience to stay active and engaged.

The Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO), based in Caledon East, is receiving $25,000 for its project, Ageism 2 Action: Purposeful Education, Engaged Retirement (A2A:PEER). The project will directly benefit older adults and seniors by helping them to remain active and purposefully engaged in either meaningful volunteer work or paid employment in their communities. The project will aim at reducing ageism for seniors in Ontario with a focus on systemic discrimination faced by older adults regarding employment and volunteer engagement. The project will develop tools and resources for older adults, which will be shared through training workshops and a webinar. The OACAO will also host a new “Hub” of information and resources on their website, which will include paid and volunteer position postings. Volunteer peer leaders will be very engaged in the project.

“The New Horizons for Seniors Program has been and continues to be a most important program to ensure older adults remain active, healthy, and engaged in their communities,” said Mr. Tilson. “I commend the work of the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario to consistently respond to the needs of seniors across Ontario. This funding will provide much needed and continued support to these efforts.”

“The OACAO is very grateful for the opportunity to develop such a worthwhile project which will benefit older adults across Ontario. The strengths and resources of our network of older adult/seniors centres will be leveraged to accomplish our project goals by engaging and connecting older adults to volunteer or paid opportunities in their communities and therefore reducing ageism across Ontario,” said Sue Hesjedahl, Executive Director of the OACAO.

Quick Facts

• Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The project funding announced today was approved as part of a call for proposals that launched on May 7, 2021 and closed on June 22, 2018.

• Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.

• A total of approximately $35 million has been approved across Canada for NHSP community-based projects in 2018–2019.

• 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.