Minister Tassi wraps successful Nova Scotia visit

Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, wrapped up a successful three-day visit to Nova Scotia yesterday.

While in the province, Tassi met with seniors and other key stakeholders to hear about issues important to older Canadians.

In a press release issued yesterday, the Employment and Social Development Canada says during her visit, Tassi announced an investment of over $1.3 million in funding through the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program (NSHP) for 74 community-based projects across Nova Scotia.

The goal for these projects is to reduce social isolation among seniors by keeping them active, engaged and informed.

According to the press release, Minister Tassi marked International Women's Day by delivering remarks at a women's networking event in Lower Sackville where she recognized the tremendous contributions women make through the course of their lives, including into their later years.

To recognize Fraud Prevention Month, Minister Tassi joined the Halifax Police Service to speak to residents of Northwood's Halifax Campus about how to protect themselves from becoming a victim of financial fraud.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others through projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and their communities. 

The program has two funding streams: one for community-based projects and one for pan-Canadian projects, with community-based projects eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grant funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.