Mike Bossio

Your member of parliament for

Hastings-Lennox and Addington

Mike Bossio

Your member of parliament for

Hastings-Lennox and Addington


Bossio and Heritage Minister Announce over $115,000 in Support for Seniors Programs in North Hastings

Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum Chair Mary Cavanagh gives a tour of the museum to federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez and MP Mike Bossio before an announcement of funding through New Horizons for Seniors for six North Hastings-based organizations.


Seniors make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities and country. Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), the Government of Canada continues to meet the needs of seniors by supporting initiatives that help them stay active and involved in their communities.

Today, Mike Bossio, MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington was joined by Hon. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage at the Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum. They made an announcement on behalf of Hon. Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, for an investment of $115,859 for six North Hastings-based projects that will help seniors stay active and involved in their community.

  • The Shamrock Seniors Club in L’Amable will receive $25,000 to purchase a new furnace and upgrade the main level flooring
  • The Bancroft Curling Club will receive $25,000 to replace the condenser they have had for 27 years.
  • The Little Mississippi Seniors Club in Carlow/Mayo will receive $20,917 to upgrade their “slide in sign” to a new digital sign. This will allow the club to promote not only their activities for seniors but other groups in the community as well.
  • The Bancroft Pentecostal Tabernacle will receive $20,417 to upgrade their kitchen facilities and provide a barrier free volunteer experience for seniors
  • Hospice North Hastings will receive $13,585 to offer a step by step workshop and class program that will introduce older adults to dance, music, and chorography.
  • The Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum will receive $10,940 to create a book of childhood memories from seniors in North Hastings.

Funding for these projects is being provided by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP), which fosters social inclusion and engagement of seniors by encouraging them to share their knowledge, skills and experience to stay active and engaged.

Budget 2019 also proposes an additional $100 million to the New Horizons for Seniors Program.



“The New Horizons for Seniors Program is so important to the sustainability of rural communities like ours in North Hastings. The Government of Canada is providing a wide range of opportunities for seniors to participate in meaningful activities that nurture their personal growth and foster community vitality.”
– Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington

The Shamrock Seniors are very pleased to receive the New Horizons for Seniors grant to upgrade the aging heating system and repair and re-finish our hardwood floor. This work will help our seniors be more comfortable with a dependable heating system and improve significantly the main floor where many activities are held. “
– Mike Dearborn, President, Shamrock Seniors Club

“We are looking forward to replacing our 27-year-old condenser and installing the new condenser with the New Horizons Grant so that we will be able to continue providing quality opportunities for all members of our community at the Curling Club. We feel very fortunate to be able to provide this service to a community that encourages active living for our seniors who make up about 75% our club.”
– Kelly Crick, President, Bancroft Curling Club

“The funding from New Horizons for Seniors will permit the replacement of an old ‘slide-in’ sign with an electronic digital sign. The sign will allow easy changes of messages in all weather. This will allow messages from the Municipality of Carlow/Mayo, the Mayo Recreation Committee, the Little Mississippi Seniors Club and other community organizations to be easily seen.”
– Gordon Douglas, President of the Little Mississippi Seniors Club

“Bancroft Pentecostal Tabernacle would like to acknowledge and thank the New Horizons for Seniors Program for the approval of a grant application in the amount of $ 20,417. These funds will be utilized to upgrade kitchen facilities and provide resources for Seniors to pursue volunteerism within the community and this facility. The installation of the vision impaired non-slip tile will assist Bancroft Pentecostal to continue with efforts in working toward a barrier free environment.”
– Rev. John Riley, Lead Pastor BPT

“Hospice North Hastings and the Village Playhouse will be offering a step-by-step workshop and class program that will introduce older adults to dance, music, and choreography. The program will wrap-up with a holiday show at the Village Playhouse, bringing new dancers to the stage in December 2019. Dance is now being regarded as one of the best activities for older adults. It’s social, it uses music, it works the body, it activates the brain and it provides an opportunity for older adults to feel strong, capable and beautiful. The desire to offer creative arts programming for older adults is inspired by the work Hospice does at the Village Playhouse. The Village Playhouse is operated by Hospice North Hastings as part of their Caring Through Culture mandate.”
– Heather Brough, Coordinator, Hospice North Hastings

“The Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum is delighted to welcome the Canadian Heritage Minister and our MP Mike Bossio today. We are honoured to receive a New Horizons for Seniors federal grant to collect seniors’ childhood memories and publish a book. The Board is very grateful for the opportunity to preserve our local history.”
– Mary Kavanagh, Chair, Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum

“Seniors are the pillars of our communities. By supporting community-based projects like these, we are taking action to ensure that seniors have a strong presence in communities across Canada and that they receive the recognition, respect and admiration they deserve.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

Quick Facts

  • Every year organizations are invited to apply for NHSP community-based funding through a call for proposals. The project funding announced today was approved as part of a call for proposals that launched on May 7, 2018, and closed on June 22, 2018.
  • Community-based projects are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding and, as of this year, up to $5,000 in new small grants funding for organizations that have not received funding within the last five years.
  • A total of approximately $35 million has been approved across Canada for NHSP community-based projects in 2018–2019.
  • Community-based project funding 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.


Backgrounder: New Horizons for Seniors Program

Associated Links

New Horizons for Seniors Program – Engaging Seniors, Strengthening Communities

Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects

Budget 2018

National Seniors Council