Government of Canada helps seniors and families through new community projects across country

By on April 19, 2016


Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos (Facebook photo)
Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos (Facebook photo)

OTTAWA, Ontario – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today announced a new partnership with stakeholders through the Social Partnership Initiative in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC). As part of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013–2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, and funded through the Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP), the Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada (FAAFC) will receive $3.4 million to pool expertise and resources to fund innovative projects in OLMCs that address community priorities.

This initiative will create stronger partnerships at the national, regional and local level to help both French- and English-speaking minority communities create opportunities to keep youth in their communities, help meet the needs of seniors, and assist our most vulnerable populations.

The Government of Canada is committed to working collaboratively with partners and stakeholders to promote the well-being of people in communities across the country, particularly through economic and social security. Budget 2016 delivers on the Government’s agenda to empower all Canadians to build better lives for themselves and to enable them to contribute to, and share in, the prosperity of the country.

Budget 2016 also makes the goal of a comfortable and dignified retirement more attainable for seniors and working Canadians, through measures such as restoring the age of eligibility for Old Age Security benefits from 67 to 65. This change will put up to $17,000 into the pockets of the lowest income Canadians each year, as they become seniors. In addition, Budget 2016 proposes to increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement top-up by $947 annually for the most vulnerable single seniors.

“Our Government is working hard to ensure the economic and social security of our families and seniors. Through innovative new partnerships such as our work with the Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada, and key measures announced in Budget 2016, we will continue to focus our efforts on fostering a prosperous future for our country, ” said the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

“This is a big day for francophone organizations working in social development. This funding from the federal government will allow francophone communities to undertake new initiatives that focus on innovation and community leadership – initiatives that will allow francophones to enjoy new services and programs aimed at helping them reach their full social potential,” said Roland Gallant, President of La Fédération des aînées et aînés francophones du Canada.