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.