CENTRAL NOVA REPORT BY PETER MACKAY
Our Conservative government is proud to work with organizations across the country that allow seniors in local projects to showcase their skills, knowledge and experience and continue to participate and contribute to the growth of their communities.
By supporting programs like the New Horizons for Seniors, we are helping them maintain a good quality of life and continue to be active members of their community, for the benefit of all.
Canadian seniors have played a central part in building this country – fashioning it into the wonderful and cherished nation it is today. They have earned our respect and admiration. They deserve our support to help them enjoy the best quality of life possible. Our government continues to translate that support into grassroots initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which supports community groups throughout Central Nova, provide an environment where seniors can continue to thrive.
Since 2006, this program has funded more than 13,000 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. In 2013 alone, our government provided more than $33 million in funding for approximately 1,750 community-based projects and recently we announced that this year our government has approved more than $33.4 million in funding for over 1,770 community-based projects.
Through Economic Action Plan 2014, our government proposes an additional $5 million per year to support more projects for seniors. Our commitment to this program is strong, and we will continue to allocate the funds necessary to meet the needs of this growing demographic as they take time to appreciate life at it’s fullest.
As the Member of Parliament for Central Nova, I was pleased to announce more than $175,000 in New Horizons for Seniors funding to help support nine projects in the riding. Groups receiving funding include:
– The Forbes Street Presenters Society – $24,980;
– The Steeltown Friendly Group – $16,000;
– The Pictou County Trails Association – $24,200;
– The Pictou Arts Society – $24,764;
– The Orangedale Station Association – $25,000;
– Moser River Community Hall – $10,000;
– Lochaber Sylvan Lakers Seniors – $1,838;
– Indian Harbour Lake/Jordanville Community Centre – $23,923;
– Havre Boucher Community Centre - $25,000
With this funding, facilities and groups throughout the riding will receive the equipment and structural upgrades necessary to enhance the quality of life of local seniors.
With the success of such initiatives as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, our government will continue to meet the needs of seniors, now and well into the future.
Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova and federal Justice Minister.