Funds to aid seniors

Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan announces federal funding investment in seniors' projects.

COURTENAY—A call for proposals to fund approximately 20 community-based pilot projects aimed at addressing seniors’ social isolation was announced Friday by Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan.

The federal funding investment could provide up to $2 million over a 24-month period, said Duncan, who made the announcement on behalf of Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

“Our government values the skills, knowledge and experience that seniors contribute to society,” said Duncan. “Through these local projects we’re combatting the social isolation of seniors and helping them to remain active in the community.”

The pilot projects will be eligible to receive between $50,000 and $100,000 of federal funding, which will be matched with funding from other sources. The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) pilot projects will also pursue intergenerational learning projects that help seniors develop new interests and share knowledge and experience with others.

The application period begins on October 3, 2013 and will close on November 13, 2013. Additional information and application details are available online at www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

For a wide range of information for seniors, including details on the NHSP, please visit seniors.gc.ca.