Media Advisory – for Immediate Release – February 28, 2017
WINNIPEG – MaryAnn Mihychuk, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul announced $15,000 to support needed renovations at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre. Mihychuk made the announcement on behalf of the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The funding for Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre is part of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), a national program funded by the Government of Canada. This year, the NHSP will providing approximately $35 million in funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects. The projects were chosen from the 2016-2017 Call for Proposals.
“The Gwen Secter Creative Living centre does great work in our community, and the Government of Canada is proud to be able to contribute to a facility that does so much for our seniors.” Said Mihychuk. “This a program that, across Canada, recognizes that seniors matter.”
“Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre is proud to be the recipient of the New Horizons Capital Grant. We are a local seniors community centre where we promote the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of older adults thereby promoting independent living and participation in community life,” said Becky Chisick, Executive Director of the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre. “The New Horizons Capital Grant will help us ensure we have the facilities to provide the programs and services essential to our core values, supporting the overall well-being of the seniors who attend our programs and facilities.”
“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, the Government of Canada helps seniors across Canada share their knowledge, skills and lived experiences in unique ways,” said the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada. “NHSP projects reflect our ongoing commitment to ensure that seniors from coast to coast can be active and prosperous members of their communities.”
Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.
The Government of Canada has expanded support for Seniors in Canada in a number of significant ways since 2016:
- In July, 2016, the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up benefit was increased for single seniors by up to $947 annually.
- The Government has ensured that couples who have to live apart due to long term care, where one member receives the GIS and the other member receives Allowance benefits, receive higher benefits based on their individual incomes
- Improving the retirement income security of working Canadians through CPP reforms
- Restoring the eligibility age for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits to 65
- Exploring a new seniors price index so that Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement benefits keep pace with the actual costs of living faced by seniors
- Introducing a new Home Accessibility Tax Credit for seniors and persons with disabilities to help with the costs of ensuring their homes remain safe, secure and accessible
- Supporting the construction, repair, and adaption of affordable housing for seniors through an investment of $200.7 million over two years starting in 2016-2017 to help the many seniors facing challenges in accessing affordable housing.