211 and United Way Centraide Canada welcome the Government of Canada’s $9M funding announcement from the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Canadian seniors are at great risk of poor health outcomes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Vulnerable seniors, such as those living in social isolation or poverty, are at even greater risk.
The $9M infusion will be rapidly invested for deployment through local community service agencies assisting seniors in communities across Canada. Seniors concerned about being cut off from their support systems, getting groceries, or filling their prescriptions will benefit from service continuity and enhanced service through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, ensuring they have the supports they need. This funding will support services and supports for isolated seniors in all parts of Canada, including rural and remote communities.
Seniors and their caregivers are encouraged to contact their local 211 service provider to seek information and to navigate the available supports in their jurisdiction.