October 12, 2018 St. Catharines, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada
Seniors have a wealth of knowledge, skills and experiences that make a difference in the lives of others. The Government of Canada encourages seniors to participate in and contribute to the prosperity of the country.
Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, met with numerous seniors’ organizations and with seniors, their families and caregivers in St. Catharines to discuss and seek insight into issues seniors face in Ontario. The tour included visits to Tabor Manor, the Cobblestone Gardens Retirement Residence and the Folk Arts Multicultural Centre and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 which have both received New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding.
The Government is committed to the full social and economic inclusion of seniors and is taking concrete action to improve income security for seniors, such as restoring the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 67 to 65. It has also increased the GIS amount by about $1,000 per year for the lowest-income single seniors and has worked to improve access to affordable housing.
The NHSP promotes positive aging by supporting seniors’ volunteerism and encouraging seniors to play an active role in their communities. This popular program enhances seniors’ social well-being and enables seniors to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.