Ottawa, Ontario… Cheryl Gallant, MP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke is pleased to confirm the New Horizons Program for Seniors is now accepting applications. For 2015-2016, Cheryl is highlighting two New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) calls for proposals for projects that will keep Canadian seniors active, engaged and informed.

“The annual New Horizons Seniors Program (NHSP) Call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects is inviting organizations to apply for funding of up to $25,000 for projects that help empower seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support communities by increasing their capacity to address local issues,” stated Cheryl Gallant MP. “More information on how to apply is available at cheryl gallant.com or by contacting my constituency office.”

The 2015-2016 NHSP Call for Proposals for Pan-Canadian Projects invites organizations to apply for funding for projects that will help to reduce social isolation among seniors by using collaborative approaches that place an emphasis on measurable results. The Government of Canada is partnering with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and its Innoweave initiative to support the development, implementation and scaling of these collaborative approaches to reduce social isolation among seniors.  Applicants can contact Innoweave through its Seniors SI program to obtain support and to learn more about how organizations can work together to address social isolation.

“I regularily meet with Seniors organizations. New Horizons funding has been used in some very innovative projects, like purchasing technology and conducting workshops on how to use it as a means to communicate. For some seniors, this has opened up a whole new way of keeping in touch with family, particularly grandchildren,” observed MP Gallant.

To further help families prosper, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB), introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. The UCCB would increase to up to $1,920 per year for children under the age of 6, and parents would receive a benefit of up to $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17. The proposed enhancements to the UCCB would provide $160 per month for each child under the age of 6 and $60 per month for each child aged 6 through 17.

“Our Government recognizes the valuable contribution seniors make to the family, society and the economy. By supporting New Horizons for Seniors Program projects, we are acting to ensure that seniors maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their families.”

The application period for both calls for proposals began May 29, 2015 and will close July 10, 2015.

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