Far too many seniors face isolation in their retirement years. This was a fact even before the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada is committed to empowering seniors by supporting opportunities for older Canadians to stay involved and engaged in their communities.
Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte, announced an investment of $144,246 for seven community-based projects in Charlottetown. These projects will help seniors stay active, informed, and socially connected in their community. This funding was awarded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program’s recent call for proposals for community-based projects.
Haviland Club, $25,000: The organization will install a new automatic door, sidewalk, and awning to allow seniors to continue participating in bridge nights, weekly coffee chats, and other social activities.
Native Council of Prince Edward Island, $20,816: Seniors involved with the organization will participate in virtual training on culture, senior isolation, fraud and technology to decrease isolation while increasing the knowledge of seniors.
PEI Senior Citizens' Federation, $25,000: Seniors involved with the organization will give seniors presentations on safety, eating, internet security, government services, and expand awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, $25,000: The organization will renovate their kitchen and purchase new appliances to allow seniors to continue participating in community dinners, information seminars, and social group meetings.
The Arthritis Society - Prince Edward Island Division, $19,300: Seniors involved with the organization will develop and deliver virtual and in-person programs to other seniors on understanding arthritis, management tips and tricks, mental wellness and COVID-19.
Trinity United Church, $25,000: The organization will install a new ventilation system to allow seniors to continue participating in activities such as community meetings, social dinners, and group fitness activities.
Sherwood Lawn Bowling Club, $4,130: The organization will purchase small, lightweight lawn bowls for seniors experiencing low income to support social participation and reduce isolation of seniors.
This year, the Government of Canada increased its investment in the New Horizons for Seniors Program to $60.8 million, funding over 3,000 community-based projects to support seniors across the country.
“I am proud of the thousands of projects funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program across the country, helping Canadian seniors stay active and connected during this unprecedented time. Seniors have given and continue to give so much to our country—it’s important to provide them the programs and support they deserve.”
– Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte
“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government of Canada is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors in Charlottetown to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community vitality.”
– Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown
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