Ottawa is committing more than $3 million to improve things for LGBTQ2 seniors in Central and Northeastern Ontario.
Federal Minister of Seniors, Filomena Tassi, was at the Gilbert Centre in Barrie Monday morning to announce the funding; the money comes through the New Horizons For Seniors Program (NHSP), meant to support initiatives that address discrimination, and increase social inclusion for LGBTQ2 seniors.
Over the next five years, the Gilbert Centre will work with community partners to develop coping strategies and engage LGBTQ2 seniors in helping them develop strong social networks within the community.
“Supporting the health and well-being of Canadian seniors is a priority for our government.” said Minister Tassi. “Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, our government is working with organizations, such as the Gilbert Centre, to break down barriers, promote social inclusion and address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ2 seniors. Together, we are making a difference and building a stronger and more inclusive Canada.” It is expected the enhanced programming will affect around 400 senior citizens in the area.
The Gilbert Centre is one of 22 applicants through the NHSP, with up to $60 million in funding going towards these projects over the next five years.