On September 3, 2020, the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, and Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga—Erin Mills, announced over 1,000 new projects delivered by community organizations across the country to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects are funded through an investment of $20 million in funding through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). These projects are important because although seniors need to 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.
Organizations will receive up to $25,000 in funding to offer immediate COVID-19 relief or recovery activities to seniors. The projects will include activities such as:
- promoting computer literacy and virtual activities, such as exercise classes, among seniors;
- supporting the delivery of food and medication or personalized monitoring of seniors by phone or by videoconference;
- assisting seniors with essential activities, such as visits to the doctor;
- hiring staff to replace a loss of volunteerism capacity due to the outbreak;
- providing information to seniors regarding how to care for themselves in light of experiences relating to the pandemic; and
- providing training on disease prevention and use of personal protective equipment.