Government of Canada takes steps to tackle seniors’ social isolation

Ottawa, Ontario, October 3, 2013 — Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), highlighted a Call for Proposals to fund approximately 20 community-based pilot projects—an investment of $2,000,000—aimed at addressing seniors’ social isolation.

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

These pilot projects will be eligible to receive between $50,000 and $100,000 of federal funding over a maximum of 24 months 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 their 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.

Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government proposes to better safeguard the well-being of seniors in a variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy and health.

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