New Horizons for Seniors Program – Call for Proposals

Bowmanville – On May 16th the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) was announced by our government. I strongly urge Durham seniors organizations to submit a proposal for a project that will help Canadian seniors use their leadership abilities, skills and experience to continue to make a difference in our communities.

NHSP community-based projects help empower seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and support their community by increasing their capacity to address local issues.  Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in grant funding.  Projects must address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.

Some organizations in Durham have received a New Horizons grant in the past and I would like to see this continue and grow.

The call for proposals will close on Friday, July 4, 2014.  For more information on eligibility, project development and application process, please follow associated links below.

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Quick Facts about Canada’s Seniors

  • Since 2006, $2.8 billion in annual tax relief has been provided to seniors and pensioners.
  • Canada’s low-income rate for seniors has fallen from 21.4% in 1980 to 5.2% in 2011; one of the lowest rates in the industrial world.
  • Budget 2011 introduced the largest GIS increase in over 25 years, investing more than $300 million per year to further improve the financial security and well-being of more than 680,000 seniors across Canada.
  • Our government has also implemented pension income-splitting for pensioners, allowing seniors and pensioners to allocate up to one-half of eligible pension income to their spouse or common-law partner for added tax relief.
  • In 2014, a single senior can earn at least $20,054 and a couple can earn at least $40,108 before paying federal income tax.
  • As a result of actions taken since 2006, approximately 380,000 seniors have been removed from the tax rolls completely.

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