Volume 18, No. 7, Septmeber 2022
Community Links NS and the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging invite you to submit a photo of you or an older adult that you know for, “A New Lens on Older Nova Scotians.”
Many older adults are actively engaged in communities across Nova Scotia. We are inviting photo submissions that best reflect the diversity of our communities and of older Nova Scotians.
As both Community Links and NSCA celebrate 30 years of operations, we each want to celebrate the resilience shown in Nova Scotian Communities by older adults.
Show us how you stay engaged, and celebrate your communities.
Photo submitters will be entered to win 1 of 5 $50 gift cards. Submission deadline September 6 2022.
For more information, visit https://nscommunitylinks.ca/a-new-lens/ or
NSCA – A New Lens on Older Nova Scotians
EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Saturday, October 1 is the International Day of Older Persons and October 1-7 is Seniors Week in Nova Scotia.
Stay tuned for announcements from us and others about celebrations and events happening.
Engage Nova Scotia September Road Trip
Engage Nova Scotia's September Road Trip is a series of 10 community conversations about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and quality of life in Nova Scotia. All events will take place at your local NSCC from 6-8pm. RSVP to the one closest to you.
Click here for the list of events to find the one closest to you
The Canadian Human Rights Commission is working with the newly appointed Federal Housing Advocate to create a joint approach to monitoring the areas where disability rights found in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities meet the right to housing.
Federal Housing Advocate, Marie-Josée Houle, has launched an online tool to receive submissions on systemic housing issues and unmet housing needs across Canada. https://www.housingchrc.ca/en/housing-submission
The tool asks a series of questions about experiences with inadequate housing or homelessness and provides an opportunity to share how these issues should be resolved.
Submissions can be made by individuals, or on behalf of someone, and by organizations.
The Advocate will use the information to make recommendations and help inform the monitoring plan for the right to housing and the rights of people with disabilities.
Please direct questions to FHAsubmission-DFLsoumission@chrc-ccdp.gc.ca.
On September 21, 2022, the Government of Canada will launch the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2022-23 Call for proposals (CFP) funding community-based projects across Canada. This program is offered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
The deadline to submit applications is November 1, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Organizations will have a total of six (6) weeks to submit their applications. The information on the NHSP Funding Page will help you learn more about this funding opportunity.
The NHSP supports projects that address the following objectives:
Organizations will be invited to apply for funding that supports the program’s national priorities:
- Promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
- Engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
- Expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
- Supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
- Providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
1. Supporting healthy ageing
2. Preventing senior abuse
3. Celebrating diversity and promoting
4. Helping seniors to age in place
For more information on this CFP, you can visit the New Horizons for Seniors Program - Community-based Projects.
The TD Ready Commitment Program offers grants to eligible organizations to support programs that align with one of the four drivers of the TD Ready Commitment: Financial Security,Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities or Better Health.
If applying for programming that will take place in Summer of 2023 (including Pride and National Indigenous Month), apply by October 3, 2022.
Submit your grant application online through the TD Ready Commitment website.
Nova Scotia Community Health Board Wellness Fund Grants now open
Find full application information and online application here https://www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/wellness-funds.
Deadline to apply is Friday October 14, 2022 at 5 pm.
The Seniors Care Grant has been expanded to up to $750 annually, from a previous amount of $500 annually, to include a one-time $250 Home Heating Assistance Grant
Applications are now open. This grant will be available to all eligible Nova Scotians 65 and older, including people who have already received the Seniors Care Grant and the Home Assistance Rebate Program in the past year. The grant is available for the cost of oil, wood, electricity, and other energy sources.
Eligibility Criteria include:
You still reside in your home
• The property or lease agreement is in your name or includes your name
• You are 65 years of age or over
• You have an annual household net income of $37,500 or less
For more information go to https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-help-household-costs-seniors-care-grant
or email ContinuingCare@novascotia.ca with any questions
Applications for the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors, which helps low-income seniors with their municipal residential property taxes, opened Friday, July 1. The program offers eligible seniors a rebate of half of their property taxes, up to $800.
To qualify for the rebate, seniors need to meet eligibility criteria, including:
-- 2021 municipal residential property taxes are paid in full
-- their name is included on the property taxes
-- they receive or are eligible to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or Guaranteed Income Supplement - Allowance from Service Canada.
Applications are open from July 1 to December 31, 2022. Applicants who received the rebate last year will receive an application by mail.
This year, applicants will also be able to apply for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program on the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors application.
For more informaton visit Property Tax Rebate for Seniors: https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-property-tax-rebate-property-tax-rebate-seniors
Heating Assistance Rebate Program:
If you are a small business, you can apply for Atlantic or Nova Scotia Business grants. Visit https://atlanticcanadabusinessgrants.com/ to explore the grants available and application criteria.
Second Booster Dose
Starting in July adults 50 to 69 years of age in Nova Scotia were eligible to book a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, though public health is recommending that people wait until Fall when rates of the illness are expected to be on the rise.
For more information and the full news release https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220627005
To book your COVID Vaccine or Booster visit https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/book-your-vaccination-appointment/
The Government of Canada released a report on Social Isolation Among Older Adults During the Pandemic. The report is available online here (attached in French and English):
Stay up to date with Federal and Nova Scotian information and updates on COVID-19 and please, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe.