Federal government provides funding for Seniors Programs in Davenport

Ed Graça, Executive Director of Abrigo Centre, with MP Julie Dzerowicz

Davenport seniors who are looking for the opportunity to benefit their community can now mentor younger generations, help reduce social isolation of their peers and take part in social activities. On Friday (6), Julie Dzerowicz Member of Parliament for Davenport announced on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, that funding will be provided to local organizations to get their senior projects off the ground, through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.

South Asian Women’s Centre, Vietnamese Association of Toronto, Abrigo Centre, Oasis Dufferin Community Centre, La Coopérative Radiophonique de Toronto & Latinas en Toronto are receiving nearly $25,000 each for their projects funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).

The project of the Abrigo Centre will be introducing self-care activities and strategies for seniors, such as workshops in yoga, tai chi, mindfulnesss meditation, arts and music


A choir of Vietnamese present at the event.

The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2015–2016 Call for Proposals.“Our government is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian seniors can get involved in community activities that meet their needs and interests, tap their collective resources and experiences, and promote their participation. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects so that seniors in Davenport and across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.” – Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport.

“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, our government helps provide seniors with unique opportunities to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others in their community. Initiatives such as this highlight our commitment to the wellbeing of seniors and strengthen the fabric of our society through partnerships.” – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada