The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament (Yukon), today announced $25,000 in funding to the Association franco-yukonnaise “Our Well-Connected Seniors” project. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2016–2017 Call for Proposals. Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.
The main objective of the Association franco-yukonnaise project is to invite seniors to participate in community life by offering them, their caregivers, and others an opportunity to:
- Receive personalized assistance in the purchase of appropriate technology, such as a smart phone, tablet or other electronic device that could improve contacts with family members living outside the territory;
- Offer personalized coaching in French about the chosen devices and their intended use, and provide basic training in the use of applications such as Word and Excel on their device; and
- Improve the management of personal and financial affairs, and personal security with available technology attached to these devices.
In addition to the personalized training service, the project will include monthly workshops and monthly e-newsletters that will feature educational videos.
Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions, and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.
“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, the Government of Canada helps seniors across Canada share their knowledge, skills and lived experiences in unique ways. NHSP projects reflect our ongoing commitment to ensure that seniors from coast to coast can be active and prosperous members of their communities.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“The Government of Canada is excited to get involved in this new initiative which promises to help seniors in a new and creative way. This new program will facilitate the inclusion of seniors into this newly digitized world and help connect their collective resources and experience with their communities.”
— The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament (Yukon)
“The New Horizons for Seniors Program has often allowed us to implement innovative projects that empower our seniors, and encourage them to fully get involved in community life. The “Our Well-Connected Seniors” project supports these objectives by promoting the use of numerical tools in daily activities, and by encouraging knowledge-sharing related to high technology.”
— Angélique Bernard, President, Association franco-yukonnaise
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Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
Susan Moorhead Mooney
Office of the Honourable Larry Bagnell
867-668-2663 ext. 332