New Horizons for Seniors Program

Assistance for Victims and Survivors of Crime with Disabilities

Program Summary

On May 15, 2019, the Government of Canada launched the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2019-20 call for proposals for community-based projects across Canada.

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 older Canadians in all aspects of society. The projects are led or inspired by seniors who are making a difference in the lives of others and their communities.

Since the NHSP was launched in 2004, it has funded thousands of projects and thousands more opportunities for seniors to become engaged in their communities by volunteering their time and sharing their knowledge. Whether they are signing up for financial literacy classes or participating in fun exercise activities, seniors are getting involved. These are just some examples of how NHSP projects are contributing to the well-being of seniors and their communities.

The NHSP’s community-based stream supports activities that engage seniors and address one or more of the Program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance. Organizations are invited to apply for funding under the NHSP’s three national priorities:

The Program provides grants and contributions funding for projects that make a difference in the lives of seniors and in their communities.

The Program has 5 objectives:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and programs for seniors

Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding, and up to $5,000 in small grants funding is available to organizations that have not received funding in the past five years.

If you would like to apply for funding or learn more about this funding opportunity, visit our website. We now have a simplified online form to make applying easier than ever.

To raise awareness in your community about the 2019–20 NHSP community-based call for proposals, we encourage you to share this email with your network, partners and stakeholders so they may also benefit from this funding opportunity. We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and share our posts for others to see.

To register for an information session please see the attached document for instructions.


The New Horizons for Seniors Program

Contact Information

The New Horizons for Seniors Program

Telephone: General Victims Fund: 1-800-277-9914
Programs Branch
Employment and Social Development Canada
284 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0H8