2020年3月2日 卑诗省素里 加拿大就业及社会发展部 老年人帮助建设了我们今天所了解和钟爱的加拿大。但很多老年人却面临各种障碍,这使他们感到寂寞、孤独并与社区隔离。这些现象还造成实际的经济成本:孤独的老人会更容易被送去急诊室、更多地使用药物、并更早被送到老年护理机构。正因如此,加拿大联邦政府大力支持为老年人举办的各种健康养老和社会参与计划。

今天,联邦长者事务部长舒尔特(Deb Schulte)阁下宣布,通过“新视界老年人计划New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP)”,为卑诗省老年人投资超过900万加元。部长宣布,在未来一年中,全省将有近300个项目从NHSP的社区类别(community-based stream)中获得530万加元,以帮助改善老年人的福祉,并促进他们的社会包容。

这些项目将帮助卑诗省的老年人保持积极的生活并参与社会活动,确保他们可以在社区中享受生活、贡献生活。舒尔特部长在进步跨文化社区服务协会(PICS)宣布了这一消息。 PICS也将获得近400万加元的资金开展一个服务项目,用于帮助卑诗省素里的55岁以上多族裔老年人,为他们增进社会包容。这一项目由新视界老年人计划全加拿大项目类别(pan-Canadian stream)资助。

PICS将与公共和非营利方面的主要社区组织合作,制定并实施计划改善多元文化的老人们获得交流、认知、休闲、科技以及交通计划和服务。在此项目的背景下,PICS将设计多个项目措施,旨在更好地整合这些服务,帮助那些处于社会孤独的素里多元文化老年人,让他们有更多的机会保持积极活跃、参与当地社区。

NHSP是一项联邦拨款和参与计划,其目标是支持有助于改善老年人的福祉和生活品质、并促进加拿大的老年人在当地社区的社会包容和参与的项目。联邦2019年预算确定,在五年内向NHSP追加投资1亿元。

引述:

联邦老年事务部长舒尔特(Deb Schulte )阁下表示: “老年人的社会孤独给他们及其社区造成真实的代价。这就是加拿大政府致力于保持老年人参与和保持活力的动因。我们为能够与素里的进步跨文化社区服务协会以及全省其他出色的当地合作伙伴携手合作而骄傲,为老年人们提供满足他们需求的计划和服务。当老年人在我们的社区中受到尊重、重视和融入时,他们的健康和福祉就得到改善,而我们的社区将从中受益。”

素里-纽顿区国会议员戴礼华(Sukh Dhaliwal)说: “老年人可以为社会贡献很多,我们必须确保我们的社区是对他们充满活力和包容性的地方。我非常自豪加拿大政府与多个合作伙伴(如进步跨文化社区服务协会)进行投资,以确保我们的社区提供出色的活动和服务,让老年人保持活力和参与。”

进步跨文化社区服务协会行政总裁吉玛(Satbir Cheema)表示: “我们非常高兴获得‘新视界老年人计划’的资助并负责领导这项‘联合影响行动’。我们的目标是与我们的合作伙伴和社区成员一起,打破在社会包容性方面的一些系统性障碍,并将素里打造成为对老年人跨文化包容和积极参与的社区。这是一个利用素里地区不同机构的优势、共同应对社会隔离所产生的隔阂和障碍的机会,是携手合作、合力实现变革的机会。”

事实简要:

老年人是加拿大增长最快的人口分布群体。到2037年,老年人的人数将达到960万人,占加拿大人口的近四分之一。

进步跨文化社区服务协会(PICS)的项目将持续到2024年8月29日。PICS在此阶段已经确定了几个初始的合作组织,包括素里市政府、老年人共享协会(Seniors Come Share Society)、社区资源协会(Sources Community Resource Society),Semiahmoo House协会。和弗雷泽地区原住民友谊中心。在项目的第一年中可能会确定其他合作组织。

NHSP有两类资金类别:一类是基于某个社区的项目community-based projects,另一类用于全加拿大项目pan-Canadian projects。 • NHSP全加拿大项目类别支持对社区产生重大影响的多年项目,投资满足老年人日益增长之社会需求的大型行动。加拿大政府每年投资1300万加元支持NHSP全加拿大类别的各种项目。

基于社区类别的拨款项目,旨在为社区中的老年人们增强能力,帮助改善他们的健康和福祉。加拿大政府每年投资约5,000万加元,用于帮助社区团体参加锻炼班、社区厨房、金融知识普及班和其他当地项目,帮助老年人参与社区并保持健康。

自2004年以来,NHSP已在加拿大数百个社区资助了26,300多个项目,加拿大政府的总投资额近10亿加元。

 

Seniors helped build the Canada we know and love today. But many face barriers that leave them feeling lonely, isolated and disconnected from their community. That has real costs: isolated seniors make more visits to emergency rooms, use more medication and enter residential care sooner. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting healthy aging and social engagement programs for seniors.

Today, the Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors, announced over $9 million of investments in seniors in British Columbia through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP). The Minister announced that over the coming year close to 300 projects across the province will receive a total of more than $5.3 million from the NHSP’s community-based stream to help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion. These projects will help ensure that seniors in British Columbia can benefit from, and contribute to, the quality of life in their communities through active living and participation in social activities.

Minister Schulte made the announcement at the Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society. PICS will receive nearly $4 million in funding for a project to increase the social inclusion of multicultural seniors aged 55 and older in Surrey, British Columbia. The project is funded through the NHSP pan-Canadian stream.

In collaboration with key community organizations from the public and not-for-profit sectors, PICS will develop and implement a plan to improve access to communication, awareness, recreation, technology and transportation programs and services for multicultural seniors. In the context of this project, PICS will design project initiatives to better integrate these services for socially-isolated multicultural seniors in Surrey, so that they have more opportunities to be active and engaged in their community.

The NHSP is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help improve the well-being and quality of life of seniors, and foster social inclusion and engagement of Canadian seniors in their communities. Budget 2019 invested an additional $100 million over five years in the NHSP.

Quotes

  • “The social isolation of seniors has real costs on them and their communities. That’s why the Government of Canada is committed to keeping seniors engaged and active. We’re proud to work with the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society in Surrey and other fantastic local partners around the province to provide programs and services for seniors that are designed to meet their needs. When seniors are respected, valued and included in our communities, their health and well-being is enhanced and our communities benefit.”
    –The Honourable Deb Schulte, Minister of Seniors
  • “Seniors have so much to offer, and we must ensure our communities remain vibrant, inclusive places for them. I am proud of the Government of Canada’s investments with our partners, like the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society, to ensure our communities offer great activities and services to keep seniors active and engaged.”
    –Sukh Dhaliwal, Member of Parliament for Surrey—Newton
  • “We are very excited to have received funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program to lead this Collective Impact initiative. Our aim, together with our partners and community members, is to break the systemic barriers to social inclusion and to make Surrey an
    interculturally inclusive and engaged community for its seniors. This is a great opportunity to address gaps and barriers around social isolation by leveraging the strengths of different organizations in Surrey and together, effecting collective change.”
    –Satbir Cheema, Chief Executive Officer, Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society

Quick facts

  • Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. By 2037, the number of seniors will reach 9.6 million, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population
  • The Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society project will run until August 29, 2024. PICS has identified several initial collaborating organizations at this stage, which include the City of Surrey, Seniors Come Share Society, Sources Community Resource Society, Semiahmoo House Society and Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Other collaborating organizations may be identified in the first year of the project.
  • The NHSP has two funding streams: one for community-based projects and one for pan-Canadian projects.
  • The NHSP pan-Canadian stream supports multi-year projects that create a significant impact in communities and invest in large initiatives that meet the growing social needs of seniors. The Government of Canada is investing $13 million per year to support NHSP pan-Canadian projects.
  • The community-based stream funds projects that empower seniors in their communities and contribute to improving their health and well-being. The Government of Canada is investing approximately $50 million per year for projects that help community groups put on exercise classes, community kitchens, financial literacy classes and other local programs that keep seniors engaged and healthy.
  •  Since 2004, the NHSP has funded more than 26,300 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of over half a billion dollars.