Bob Nault – Weekly Column – Plan Improves Life for Seniors

Kenora MP Bob Nault
Kenora MP Bob Nault
Kenora MP Bob Nault at a Community Event in Sandy Lake
Kenora MP Bob Nault at a Community Event in Sandy Lake

Federal program delivers positive change improving the lives of seniors

KENORA – Week of May 29, 2017 -Seniors are an integral and valuable part of our community, which is why I am happy to see the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) support partnerships that provide older Canadians with a wide range of opportunities. This program makes it easier for seniors to get involved in local activities that address their needs and interests, while allowing them to share their knowledge and experience to the benefit of younger generations.

I feel it’s important that we make sure all Canadian citizens are treated fairly and with respect. Each and every one of us should be afforded the opportunity to reach our full potential, and in doing so, display our value to society.

Based on Statistics Canada data from the 2016 census, there are now more seniors 65 and older (5.9 million) than children 14 and under (5.8 million). By 2061, they project 12 million seniors to eight million children.

Seniors carry with them an immeasurable quality that cannot be purchased or easily acquired – life experience. That experience is a resource for all Canadians, and one that must be tapped into and shared throughout our riding.

That is why I’m pleased that there is an opportunity for seniors in Northwestern Ontario to benefit from projects funded through the NHSP. The Call for Proposals for Community-based Projects is now open and will be accepting applications until June 23. Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 per project.

Through last year’s call for proposals, Canada distributed approximately $35 million in NHSP funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects. There were six projects in the Kenora riding that were selected in last year’s call.

Promoting community growth and prosperity is essential to ensuring the well-being of Canadian seniors. Not only are seniors our grandparents, parents, and elders, they are our teachers, doctors, public servants, and so much more. They are a valuable segment of our population, and I’m encouraged to see the federal government’s support to help them continue to live comfortable and meaningful lives.

I strongly encourage those interested to apply to the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Remember to get your applications in before the deadline of June 23.

Bob Nault MP

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Bob Nault is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kenora, where he serves 53 communities, including 42 First Nations. As one of the largest geographical ridings in the country, Kenora encompasses one third of Ontario’s land mass, and is approximately the same size as France. Bob was first elected in 1988 and ran successfully afterwards in 1993, 1997, and 2000, furthermore serving as the Member of Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River for over sixteen years. He was the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from 1999-2003, and is a former Kenora City Councillor.