The federal government has partnered with United Ways across Canada to help disperse funds to organizations whose primary focus is helping seniors. The $9 million in federal funds are being allocated by Statistics Canada population numbers – the number of seniors determined via census in each United Way’s individual geographic coverage areas.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) provides grants and contributions for projects that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. To provide more support for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced flexibility for organizations to use funding received through the NHSP community-based stream to provide immediate and essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19.
UWNBC received just over $71,000 from the initial disbursement of funds. Through our advocacy, an additional $100,000 was secured by UWNBC bringing the total funding available for senior’s support to just over $171,000. Through our continued outreach and rapidly assessing the applications received, UWNBC has now disbursed the funding according to the guidelines set out by Employment and Social Development Canada.