Maryam Monsef
Hon. Maryam Monsef
Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha
Government of Canada investing $50 million into projects that support seniors
September 14, 2020

Peterborough-Kawartha The Government of Canada is committed to supporting organizations and projects that empower seniors and contribute to improving their health and well-being.

Today, Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, on behalf of the Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte, highlighted the launch of the 2020–21 New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Call for Proposals for community-based projects.

This year, organizations will be able to apply for funding to support seniors dealing with the pandemic by submitting project proposals that offer specific COVID-19 relief and recovery activities for seniors. Organizations are still welcome to submit proposals for traditional NHSP projects that they plan to deliver in 2021–22.

The Government is committed to ensuring that the NHSP is responsive to feedback and reflects the current realities of seniors and senior-serving organizations. To that end, a number of changes have been made this year, including improvements to program parameters, delivery and access. 

Organizations are invited to apply for funding that supports the NHSP national priorities for this cycle:

  1. Supporting healthy ageing
  2. Preventing elder abuse and fraud
  3. Combatting ageism, celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion
  4. Improving seniors’ access to government services and benefits
  5. Adapting community-based organizations to a more virtual environment


The 2020–21 NHSP community-based Call for Proposals is open until October 20, 2020. For details on how to apply, visit

Since 2016, Peterborough-Kawartha has been the recipient of more than 20 New Horizons for Seniors projects at an accumulative federal investment of more than $380,000.

Local projects that have been supported by federal funding through the New Horizons for Seniors program have included Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre’s Bridging the Gap program, PARN’s Digital Storytelling with LQBTQ2 Seniors and Youth, St. Joseph’s at Fleming Modern Mobile Electric Library, Douro-Dummer Senior Citizens Club’s upgrades to their facility, Curve Lake First Nation’s Passport to Mno-Bimaadziwin Senior’s program, and Community Care Peterborough.


“Caring for our community and caring for our loved ones is at the heart of who we are. Our seniors and elders count on a variety of community programs to keep them safe, healthy, and at their best. More funds are available now to ensure those programs continue to do their important work.”

-Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha


“We are investing in community support projects across the country to help seniors stay connected and engaged.  Seniors have experienced significant negative impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to help local organizations—big and small—provide relevant support to seniors of all backgrounds.”

-The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors


Quick Facts






Related Document

Backgrounder: New Horizons for Seniors Program 


Associated Links

Applicant Guide for $25,000

Applicant Guide for $5,000

Programs and services for seniors
New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging seniors, strengthening communities  

Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors

Prime Minister announces support for vulnerable Canadians affected by COVID‑19



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