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May 16, 2013
Harper Government invests in projects to support Ontario seniors

Vaughan, Ontario, May 16, 2013—Seniors in Vaughan will benefit from over $230,000 in federal funding which will facilitate physical and recreational activities, increase seniors’ social participation and raise awareness of elder abuse.

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, made the announcement today at the Maple Pioneer Italian Seniors Club on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister State (Seniors).

“The Government of Canada recognizes the important role that seniors have played in building our great country,” said Minister Fantino. “We’re helping to ensure that seniors remain active in their communities and can continue to contribute their skills, knowledge and experience.”

Through the News Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Maple Pioneer Italian Seniors Club is receiving $25 000 to purchase a computer, offer lessons, host monthly dances and organize social outings for 600 local seniors. The NHSP is also supporting 11 other seniors’ organizations in Vaughan.

The NHSP supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The Government of Canada is investing over $33 million in support of over 1,750 projects that will lead to programs and activities for seniors across Canada.

The 2013-2014 call for proposals for community-based projects is expected to be launched on May 22, 2013 (TBC).  For more information, visit

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