Executive Council
Children, Seniors and Social Development
September 13, 2019

Provincial Government Invites Applications for Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative

While attending the 50+ Federation’s 44th Annual Convention in Gander, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced that the new Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative is now accepting applications.

Recognizing that social inclusion provides many benefits for health and well-being, the Provincial Government allocated $270,000 for the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative as part of Budget 2019. The initiative supports the delivery of programs and/or participation in community events that promote social inclusion.

Incorporated 50+ clubs are eligible for up to $2,000, and unincorporated clubs are eligible for up to $1,000, for activities and programs that support social inclusion, healthy aging, mental wellness, and overall well-being. For more information about how to apply for the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative, visit www.cssd.gov.nl.ca/grants.

The Provincial Government supports seniors through a variety of initiatives, such as the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Community Grant Program, the Newfoundland and Labrador Income Supplement, and the Seniors’ Benefit. Further, government was pleased to appoint the province’s first Seniors’ Advocate, Dr. Suzanne Brake, in November 2017. 

“Social events and other community activities provide opportunities for seniors to engage with their peers and others in their communities. The Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative recognizes the importance of these types of activities by providing direct support to 50+ clubs to continue to carry out their important work in making our communities stronger and more inclusive.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador 

“Social inclusion contributes to healthy aging and improved physical and mental health, which help older adults remain active and engaged in their communities. I encourage 50+ clubs to apply for funding through the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative to support activities for older adults.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development 

“I am very pleased with government’s announcement of the Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative. So many seniors experience social isolation, and it can have serious, negative impacts on a person’s health and well-being. I hope 50+ clubs throughout the province will apply for this important grant and use it to get seniors out, get them active, and get them out of isolation. The 50+ Federation exists to provide support to new and existing clubs, and keeping seniors engaged in communities and activities is one of our goals. This program helps support that goal.”
Robert Rogers
Newfoundland and Labrador 50+ Federation

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Newfoundland and Labrador Seniors’ Social Inclusion Initiative 

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Media contacts
Geoff Higdon
Office of the Premier

Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977

Robert Rogers
Newfoundland and Labrador 50+ Federation

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