CHASE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 26, 2009 – Mr. Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan - Shuswap, today announced federal support for the Kelmuc Circle of Friendship Society under the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Mr. Mayes made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister of State (Seniors).
Mr. Mayes highlighted $19,000 in funding for the Kelmuc Circle of Friendship Society to help ensure that seniors have the opportunity to participate and take an active leadership role within their community.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support seniors in strengthening our communities and building our country,” said Mr. Mayes. “This project will encourage seniors in Chase to continue sharing their skills, wisdom and experience to benefit others.”
The Kelmuc Circle of Friendship Society received funding for their project, Seniors - Our Mentors for Leadership, which will develop an on-going mentorship program where elders will connect with local youth to support social well-being in the community.
The investment highlighted today falls under the Community Participation and Leadership component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which encourages seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.
With two additional components of the New Horizons for Seniors Program—Capital Assistance and Elder Abuse Awareness—the overall budget of the Program is now $35 million per year.
Since its beginning, the New Horizons for Seniors Program has funded over 5,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. For more information about the Program, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.
In Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government made a clear commitment to protect Canadians, including seniors, in difficult times by implementing several key measures:
- Increasing the Age Credit by $1,000 for 2009 and beyond to allow eligible seniors to receive up to an additional $150 in annual tax savings.
- Providing seniors with $200 million in tax relief by reducing the required minimum withdrawal amount for 2008 from Registered Retirement Income Funds by 25 percent, in recognition of the impact of the deterioration in market conditions on retirement savings.
- Helping older workers and their families through these tough economic times by investing an additional $60 million over three years in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, and by expanding the number of eligible communities to include older workers in small cities.
- Providing $400 million over two years through the Affordable Housing Initiative for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors.
- Establishing an independent Task Force to make recommendations on a cohesive national strategy on financial literacy for Canadians.