Minister Schulte announces funding to increase Gibsons seniors’ participation in local activities

March 3, 2020              Gibsons, British Columbia              Employment and Social Development Canada

Seniors are the fastest-growing age demographic in Canada. However, far too many seniors face isolation in their retirement years. The Government of Canada is committed to empowering seniors and improving their quality of life by supporting opportunities for older Canadians to stay informed, engaged and connected in their communities.

Today, the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $24,250 that will help the Gibsons Community Building Society improve the quality of the services offered to their senior participants. This funding is the result of successful applications submitted through the most recent call for proposals of the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) community-based stream.With this investment, the Gibsons Community Building Society will conduct acoustic renovations to allow seniors, especially those who are hard of hearing, to have access to a safer and more accessible area. By improving the sound quality of the main gathering space, seniors who are hard of hearing will be more comfortable while participating in activities such as cooking classes, yoga, tai chi and information workshops. 

This project is one of close to 300 projects across British Columbia that will receive a total of $5.3 million from the NHSP’s community-based stream to help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. Last year, the Government of Canada invested an additional $100 million in the NHSP over five years.

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