MP Bernard Trottier announces new funding for seniors in Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Etobicoke, ON, May 15, 2013— Seniors in Etobicoke - Lakeshore will soon have new opportunities to use their leadership abilities, energy and skills to continue to make a difference in their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke – Lakeshore, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).
“Our government encourages seniors to share their diverse skills, knowledge and experience with others,” said MP Trottier. “Initiatives such as the NHSP help seniors to lead and participate in community activities that strengthen their well-being and quality of life.”
The Harper Government is providing more than $33 million in funding for over 1,750 community projects across Canada which will lead to a variety of programs and activities for seniors. These projects were selected from the 2012-2013 call for proposals. Since its beginning, the NHSP has funded more than 12 200 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.
The Franklin Horner Community Centre and Young Professionals will receive funding of $50,000 for programs that will improve the quality of life of seniors in Etobicoke – Lakeshore.
These projects are 2 of 511 community-based projects in Ontario that are collectively receiving over $11.3 million in funding over a 12-month period.
“This funding will help to keep seniors healthy, happy and active which in turn will only benefit our community here in Etobicoke – Lakeshore” stated Laura Latham, executive director of the Franklin Horner Community Centre.
Additionally, MP Trottier encouraged organizations that promote the well-being of seniors to take advantage of the 2013–2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects.
The 2013-2014 NHSP call for proposals for community-based projects will be launched on May 22, 2013. Organizations may receive up to $25,000 in funding per year and must address one or more of the program’s five objectives: volunteering, mentoring, expanding awareness of elder abuse, social participation and capital assistance.
It is thanks to initiatives such as the NHSP that the Government of Canada helps to ensure that seniors maintain their personal health and well-being. Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government proposes to better safeguard the well-being of seniors in a variety of areas, including financial services, financial literacy and health.
For more information and to apply for funding on or after May 22, 2013, visit seniors.gc.ca.
Ottawa, ON, May 10, 2013— Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke – Lakeshore rose in the House of Commons today to lend support to the Ukrainian-Canadian community and decry the outrageous statement issue by the Liberal Party celebrating the Soviet Victory Day in Ukraine.
“This holiday was created by the Soviet dictator Leonid Brezhnev, but it was certainly not celebrated by Ukrainians as the end of World War II set off the Soviet reign of terror and domination,” Stated MP Trottier.
Many have expressed shock and outrage regarding the recent statement issued by the Liberals.
“The Soviets tried to crush Ukrainian culture, historical memory and aspirations of self-determination, and subjected them to starvation, mass arrest, execution and deportation to the Gulag. This was certainly no victory”.
MP Trottier demanded an apology from the leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, for his party’s deeply insensitive statement, and also from the Liberal critic for multiculturalism, Jim Karygiannis, who added further insult to the matter in the House yesterday, referring to Ukraine as “the Ukraine” as if it were a Russian province.
Etobicoke, ON, May 10, 2013—Students in Etobicoke - Lakeshore will gain valuable work experience this summer, as a result of the Government of Canada’s Canada Summer Jobs initiative. Bernard Trottier, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke - Lakeshore, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“Creating summer jobs for students benefits not only youth and employers, but also local economies across the country,” said MP Trottier. “Canada Summer Jobs is yet another excellent example of how our government is creating jobs and economic growth.”
Organizations from across Etobicoke - Lakeshore will be receiving over $205,000 in Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire 74 students. Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year.
“Canada Summer Jobs has helped MABELLEarts to hire a number of highly-engaged, kind and competent students over the years. Many have taken their summer experience with us and developed it into a long-term career trajectory,” stated Leah Houston, artistic director for the Etobicoke-based MABELLEarts. “We are so thankful to Service Canada for providing summer employment for youth and hope to be involved in the program for many years to come.”
Canada Summer Jobs is an important part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES), which also includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. With an annual budget of more than $300 million, YES helps youth obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.
Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70 million over three years in YES to support 5 000 more paid internships. This is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through EAP 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada’s broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.