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Feds Announce $1.5M to Improve Quality of Life for Manitoba Seniors

January 21, 2020 10:03 PM | News

Deb Schulte

Deb Schulte (centre), Minister of Seniors, appears at an announcement at Southdale Community Centre in Winnipeg on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Seniors in Manitoba are getting an injection of federal cash to improve their quality of life.

The Liberal government wrapped up its three-day cabinet retreat in Winnipeg Tuesday, where Seniors Minister Deb Schulte and Northern Affairs Minister and Winnipeg MP Dan Vandal announced $1.5 million to support nearly 100 projects in the province.

“These projects empower seniors by giving them opportunities to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities,” Schulte said, while making the announcement at Southdale Community Centre.

“Seniors have given so much to our country. We are working to provide the programs and support they need, and that means breaking down barriers that prevent them from fully participating in their community.”


The funding comes after successful applications were submitted through the New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based stream. The program consists of federal grants and contributions that help improve the well-being of seniors and foster their social inclusion and engagement in all aspects of Canadian society.

“The funding will help us improve the community centre, allowing seniors better access to the facility and programs,” added Tamara Bauknecht, general manager, Southdale Community Centre.

Southdale is receiving more than $24,373 in NHSP funding to enhance their facility and provide better access to their programs for seniors with disabilities.

“Together, we are building one of the largest senior groups in Winnipeg with reliable accessibility, exercise programs, line dancing, art programs and social events.”

Each program is eligible to receive up to $25,000. The government invests about $50 million per year in the NHSP.