Maple, Ontario – December 9, 2018
Member of Parliament, Deb Schulte, today welcomed The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors to Vaughan, to highlight the government’s commitment to support seniors in the riding, and across the country, and to discuss opportunities to further improve the lives of seniors.
Minister Tassi and MP Schulte toured the Human Endeavour facility in Maple and participated in activities funded by the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The NHSP has provided nearly $600,000 to 14 local seniors clubs and organizations in King – Vaughan, over the past three years, to fight social isolation, promote wellness, and provide opportunities for cultural and youth exchanges.
The tour concluded at the Marino Centre in Maple with a roundtable discussion with local stakeholders.
“Seniors in the riding of King-Vaughan, and across Canada, have worked hard to help build our economy and our communities; they deserve a secure retirement. As the former Chair of the Liberal Seniors Caucus, I am committed to working with the Minister, my colleagues in Parliament, other levels of Government and stakeholders, to ensure that seniors have a good quality of life now and for years to come.”
– Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue
“When seniors are given the opportunity to be full participants in their communities, all of society benefits. I am pleased to see that programs funded by the New Horizons for Seniors, like the one provided by Human Endeavour, are bridging the generational gap, and encouraging seniors to share their experience with youth.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
“To stay active, heathy and feel valued, seniors require meaningful cross-cultural activities and contribution to our society. Thanks to the current federal government’s increased funds for such activities through New Horizons for Seniors Program, Human Endeavour’s “Integrating Diverse Senior Groups” project, also led by seniors, is able to offers multi-cultural social inclusion opportunities in Vaughan, promoting and celebrating diversity.”
– Noor Din, Founder & CEO of Human Endeavour
- Yearly increases to the Guaranteed Income Supplement since 2016 have helped over 900,000 seniors and lifted 13,000 more out of poverty.
- The Government of Canada reached a historic agreement with provinces to enhance the CPP. The agreement will increase the maximum CPP retirement benefit by about 50 percent for future seniors.
- The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides funding for community-based projects up to $25,000 per year, per organization, or a small grant of a maximum of $5,000.
- Last year, the Government of Canada created Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy (NHS). Safe, accessible, and affordable housing for seniors is at the heart of the NHS, which will repair and or build 12,000 units of seniors housing.
- The HOPE Adult Day Program is a community-based program provided by Human Endeavour in partnership with Mackenzie Health and Vaughan Community Health Centre. The program provides structured and supervised activities in a group setting for eligible seniors with cognitive, physical and communicative impairments.
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