I am pleased to inform you that the Government of Canada has launched a new call for proposals under the Capital Assistance component of the New Horizons for Seniors Program.The call is open in all provinces and territories, except Quebec, and will run from August 30 to October 8, 2010.

Capital Assistance grant funding enables non-profit organizations to renovate their facilities or replace equipment that is used for seniors programs and activities.  For more information on this call for proposals, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/seniors.

The Government of Canada is proud to support organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of Canadian seniors.  The New Horizons for Seniors Program has been instrumental in ensuring that seniors are able to benefit from and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

In May of this year, Minister of State Ablonczy announced the approval of 626 Capital Assistance projects that were submitted as part of the 2009- 2010 call.  More than $8.5 million in grant funding was awarded to the recipients. This included projects from Sarnia-Lambton.  I am hopeful even more projects will be submitted under this latest round of funding opportunities.

I encourage you to share this important information about the Capital Assistance call for proposals within our community.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions.