On Tuesday, Diane Ablonczy, Canada’s Minister of State for Seniors, visited a Calgary seniors’ group to announce that our Conservative Government is now accepting proposals for local, community-based projects to provide opportunities for older Canadians to contribute skills, experience, and lifetimes of practical wisdom in support of communities all across the country. Similar events were held at seniors’ centres across Canada by Minister Verner and Senator Fortin-Duplessis, Senator Lang, as well as Member of Parliament Tilly O’Neill-Gordon.
Under the New Horizons for Seniors Program, our Government is making a difference for seniors who are looking to improve the social well-being of neighbourhoods through local volunteering projects.
Our Government has a long record of standing up for Canadian seniors, including:
- Creating the position of Minister of State for Seniors to bring the concerns of older Canadians to the Cabinet table;
- Providing $2.3 billion annually in tax relief to seniors and pensioners through measures such as pension income splitting and increasing the Age Credit – twice;
- Standing up against elder abuse in all its forms by introducing the Federal Elder Abuse Awareness Initiative; and
- Establishing a National Seniors Day which we will celebrate every October 1st, coinciding with the UN’s International Day of Older Persons.
Canada’s seniors worked hard and contributed so much to the Canada we know and love. Seniors deserve our gratitude and respect. That’s why Conservatives are proud to stand up for seniors and take action to ensure that our policies, programs and services continue to reward the hard work of the folks who built our country.