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October 10, 2023
It is our responsibility as Canadians to make sure that the seniors who built this country can age with dignity and security. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the local organizations that support our seniors by empowering them and contributing to their health and well-being.
Today, Canada’s Minister for Seniors, Seamus O’Regan Jr., announced an investment of $496,571 to fund twenty five community-based projects to support seniors across Prince Edward Island.The Minister made the announcement at the Crapaud Community Curling Club in Malpeque, PEI, who will be using NHSP funding to purchase heat pumps, soseniors can continue to curl and participate in social events and community programming at the club’s facilities. This funding was awarded through the 2022–23 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) call for proposals for community-based projects.
As part of the 2022–23 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects, organizations were invited to apply for funding that created opportunities for seniors to be more connected, supported and active members of their communities and reflect the national priorities:
Today’s announcement builds on the Government’s commitment to helping seniors age with dignity and choice, including the new Canadian Dental Care Plan and the Retirement Hub on Canada.ca. The Canadian Dental Care Plan will become available to eligible low-income seniors by the end of 2023, because no Canadian should have to choose between their smile or their heating bill. After opening the Plan last year for eligible kids under 12, this year’s expansion will include low-income seniors, as well as persons with disabilities and uninsured Canadians under 18. The Retirement Hub on Canada.ca is the new one-stop shop for retirement planning, and is already helping Canadians plan for a secure and dignified retirement with simple applications, benefit estimators, quizzes and checklists. By removing barriers and making services easier to access, the Retirement Hub is making it easier for seniors to retire on their terms.
“When seniors are more connected, engaged and active members of their communities, everyone benefits. So, we want to support organizations in PEI that build more inclusive communities and give seniors the tools they need to age on their own terms.”
– Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister for Seniors
“I am glad to see investments for seniors in Malpeque and across Prince Edward Island. These initiatives will enhance seniors’ social well-being and help more Islanders age on their terms. I’m excited to see the outcomes of this funding and the benefits for seniors.”
– Heath MacDonald Member of Parliament for Malpeque
For media enquiries, please contact:
Office of the Minister of Labour and Seniors, Seamus O’Regan Jr.
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada