New Horizons for Seniors Program

Budget 2014

Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to increase funding for the New Horizons for Seniors Program by an additional $5 million per year.

The Government of Canada recognizes the important role community partners play in supporting seniors and building age-friendly communities. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Government provides funding to organizations that raise awareness of elder abuse and help ensure seniors can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities. For example, seniors in Scarborough, Ontario, now have greater awareness about how to protect themselves from fraud and financial abuse thanks to the Debt-Free Management Education (Seniors for Seniors) project, developed by the Canadian Centre for Women’s Education and Development. In Vancouver, the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia has initiated the Elders Financial Abuse Awareness Dialogue Project. This multicultural project was developed for seniors to raise awareness of elder abuse, determine the root causes of elder financial abuse and reduce its incidence in ethnic communities across British Columbia.

Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide an additional $5 million annually to the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This funding can support municipalities, not-for-profits, social enterprises and other community partners to address the needs of seniors.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Through calls for proposals, the NHSP funds projects that address one or more program objectives: promoting volunteering, mentoring others, expanding the awareness of elder abuse, social participation and inclusion of seniors and capital assistance for new and existing community projects.

About the program

Through the NHSP, the Government of Canada enables seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and helps communities increase their capacity to address local issues.

Who is eligible

Eligible recipients for grant and contribution funding include:

  • not-for-profit organizations, community-based coalitions, networks and ad hoc committees;
  • for-profit organizations, provided that the nature and intent of the activity are non-commercial, do not generate profit and fit within the program objectives;
  • municipal governments, band/tribal councils and other Aboriginal organizations, as well as public health and social services institutions;
  • research organizations and institutes; and
  • educational institutions, including school boards, school districts, universities, colleges and CÉGEPs.

How it works


  • Community-based projects are initiated by organizations to enable seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experience with others as well as help communities increase their capacity to address local issues, and are eligible to receive up to $25,000 per year.
  • Pan-Canadian projects support the awareness and prevention of elder abuse and are eligible to receive up to $250,000 per year in contribution or grant funding for a maximum of three years.

Progress to date

In 2011, the Government of Canada increased funding to the NHSP for an annual budget of $45 million to allow a broader array of organizations to develop a greater variety of projects to meet the changing needs of communities. These enhancements have been fully implemented. Since the NHSP launched in 2004, it has funded more than 12,200 projects.

Find out more

For more information, please visit the New Horizons for Seniors Program webpage.

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