Hon. Deb Schulte
Member of Parliament for King—Vaughan
Seniors impacted by COVID-19 receive Government of Canada support in King—Vaughan
September 18, 2020

News Release

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2020          Maple, Ontario         Employment and Social Development Canada

As seniors ensure their safety by staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to provide additional support and reduce seniors’ social isolation, which can take a toll on their mental health and well-being.

Today, Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King—Vaughan, and Minister of Seniors, announced an investment of $49,985 in King—Vaughan. These funds will support projects delivered by community organizations to help seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support for these projects is being provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience to stay active and engaged.

The Chabad Romano Centre is receiving $25,000 for their project Support for Seniors. Through this program, they’re offering ready-made meals and educational programs through Zoom on nutrition, health and brain-stretching activities. They’re also assisting seniors with errands to the pharmacy and grocery store, and bringing them to essential appointments. To help reduce seniors’ social isolation, they’re hosting one-on-one physical distanced visits and making regular phone calls to seniors in their community.

The Fuerza Latina Community Services is receiving $24,985 for their Hi-Tech Seniors Program. Through this project, the Fuerza Latina Community Services is providing 25 to 45 seniors online activities to prevent seniors’ social isolation. The activities include exercise classes, bingo, and English classes. Weekly video chats will give seniors an opportunity to share pictures, poetry, art, cooking tips, and recipes. Digital tutorials will be available on Fuerza Latina Canada Youtube to help seniors stay connected with their family and friends through smartphones and tablets.

These projects announced today are funded through an additional investment of $20 million in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This additional investment will help ensure as many communities as possible across Canada have projects aiming to reduce seniors’ isolation within the community, improve their quality of life and help them maintain a social support network during the pandemic.

Quotes

 “We cannot allow physical distancing to become social distancing. With this additional funding, we are helping ensure seniors in as many communities as possible across Canada get support and stay connected during the pandemic. We want to help seniors across the country as quickly as possible.”

– The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors

 The reaction from those that have been serviced by this program is truly heartwarming, it is brightening their spirits.”

– Rabbi Mendel Bernstein

Fuerza Latina is delighted to offer the Hi-Tech Seniors Program through the support of the New Horizons Seniors Program. Technology plays a pivotal role in the life of seniors now more than ever as it allows seniors to be engaged and continue to learn while improving their quality of life. Smartphones and tablets will help our seniors stay connected and maintain their independence while staying happy, safe and healthy in their home.”

Gina Balseca-Aguirre

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Backgrounder

 On September 3, Deb Schulte announced over 1,000 new projects delivered by community organizations across the country to help seniors manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These projects complement others already in place through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). Taken together, they will help ensure as many communities across Canada as possible have projects that reduce seniors’ isolation in their communities, improve their quality of life, and help them maintain a social support network during the pandemic.

In the riding of King—Vaughan, two organizations received additional funding under the New Horizons for Seniors Program’s community-based stream to projects that provide supports to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organization Project Investment
Chabad Romano Centre Through this program, they’re offering ready-made meals and educational programs through Zoom on nutrition, health and brain-stretching activities. They’re also assisting seniors with errands to the pharmacy and grocery store, and bringing them to essential appointments. To help reduce seniors’ social isolation, they’re hosting one-on-one physical distanced visits and making regular phone calls to seniors in their community. $25,000
Fuerza Latina Community Services  Through this project, the Fuerza Latina Community Services is providing 25 to 45 seniors online activities to prevent seniors’ social isolation. The activities include exercise classes, bingo, and English classes. Weekly video chats will give seniors an opportunity to share pictures, poetry, art, cooking tips, and recipes. Digital tutorials will be available on Fuerza Latina Canada Youtube to help seniors stay connected with their family and friends through smartphones and tablets.

$24,985

 

 

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