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Harper Government Announces Support for Seniors in the Riding of Macleod

 

High River, AB – John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod, on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), announced funding to several projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

The following organizations are receiving funding for their projects from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

·         High River Senior’s Friendship Center – $24,761, renovations to the friendship center

·         Nanton Quality of Life Foundation – $25,000, Intergenerational Drumming Circle training

·         Springbank Heritage Club – $25,000 , safe and secure water source for their building

·         The Town of Okotoks – $17, 778, Sports for Okotoks Seniors organization

·         Valley Neighbours Club – $10, 000, replace bingo machine 

Quick Facts 

·         Under the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), up to $25,000 in grant funding can be provided to eligible organizations for community-based projects that are led or inspired by seniors.

·         Since 2006, the NHSP has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.

·         Economic Action Plan 2014 increased funding for the NHSP by $5 million per year, for a total of $50 million provided to this program annually.

·         Since 2006, $2.8 billion in annual tax relief has been provided to seniors and pensioners.

·         Minister Wong launched the Government of Canada Action for Seniors report in September 2014. The report is a new information resource highlighting federal programs and services that can be accessed by seniors, their families and caregivers. It was created in collaboration with more than 22 federal departments and agencies. The report can be found on Canada.ca/Seniors

Quotes

“Our Government is proud to support seniors in communities across Canada through lowering taxes and investing in meaningful initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Through partnering with organizations, we can help to keep seniors active, engaged and informed.”

– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)

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

– John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod

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