Get Involved With Your Government on Senior Issues

August 3, 2011 · Print This Article

In Canada, we’re pretty lucky. We’ve been largely insulated from the global economic crisis due to stalwart measures on the part of our financial system, and we have great programs for seniors. Add to that the fact that both Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement recently increased.

Did you know that the Government of Canada provides services for seniors and ways for seniors to inform government policy? Here are just a few of them.

New Horizons for Seniors Program

This is a grants and contributions program that supports projects led by seniors trying to make a difference in their communities. Organizations can receive up to $25,000 for community-based projects.  Activities the program has funded include urban gardens, preservation of native languages in Nunavut, and sharing the gift of music with youth in Nova Scotia.

National Seniors Council

The National Seniors Council was formed to advise government departments on senior issues. If you have an issue that you would like to write them about, here are their contact details.

Services for Seniors Guide

Everything you need to know about federal government services for seniors is contained in this guide. Read more about it here or download it directly from here.

Provincial Senior Portals

There are more services available at the provincial level for seniors. Here are websites that act as information portals for all Canadian provinces and territories:

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba (PDF)
Ontario
Quebec
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nunavut
Northwest Territories
Yukon

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