Government of Canada announces call for proposals for community-based projects supporting seniors

May 7, 2018          Gatineau, Quebec                                  Employment and Social Development Canada

Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and society. That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to empowering all Canadians, including seniors, to contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country. In support of this commitment, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced today, the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2018-2019 call for proposals for Community-based Projects. Programs like NHSP not only encourage seniors to stay involved in their community, but also increase their social participation and inclusion. This is key to enhancing their well-being and quality of life, as well as to enable them to stay active and share their knowledge, skills and experience with other community members.

The NHSP call for proposals, open until June 15, 2018, is seeking proposals for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding, under the following three national priorities, for projects that empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit:

  • the vulnerable seniors populations,
  • focus on diversity of Canada’s seniors; and
  • will promote volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity.

Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding. Starting this year, organizations that have not benefitted from NHSP funding during the last five years can receive up to $5,000 as part of the new small grants pilot project.

The Government recognizes the remarkable contributions that seniors make to our communities. By investing in NHSP community-based projects that help reinforce partnerships with local governments, institutions and organizations, the Government is confirming its commitment to deliver positive change and improve the lives of seniors.


“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, our government is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community prosperity. These activities empower seniors, enabling them to pursue an active lifestyle, expand their social network and explore new learning experiences that will better help them face the challenges of our rapidly evolving society.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick facts

  • The call for proposals is open from May 7, 2018 until June 15, 2018.
  • Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding, and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years (including the 2012-2013 NHSP call for proposals).
  • Three national priorities have been identified for the small grants initiative: projects benefiting vulnerable seniors populations, projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors, and projects using volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity. Applicants must submit projects in line with at least one of these priorities.
  • Since 2004, the Program has funded more than 21,600 projects in communities across Canada, with a total federal investment of more than $452 million.

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Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada


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