National Programs

New Horizons Seniors Program

Critical support for seniors during COVID-19

During COVID-19, wide-ranging restrictions made it challenging for many seniors to access the
community programs and services on which they rely for support, socializing, health care, and
other critical needs.
With the local knowledge and accountable grant-making capacity of our network, United Way Centraide Canada was selected by the Government of Canada to quickly deploy funds to front-line community service organizations that delivered local solutions to support seniors experiencing vulnerability.

The New Horizons Seniors Program funding disbursed by United Way Centraide Canada supported 936 programs and more than 700,000 seniors in communities across Canada, ensuring the urgent and growing needs experienced by many of them during the height of the pandemic were met.

Impact: Breaking Down Barriers to Dignity and Care

$9 million



organizations received grants


projects funded


seniors offered support

1.3 million

total touchpoints with seniors experiencing vulnerability

Organizations Funded

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Providing seniors with culturally appropriate, hot meals

During COVID-19, Roots Community Services provided 96 seniors with hot Carribean meals 1-2 times a week.

Providing comfort to palliative care patients through new technology

The Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society used New Horizons Seniors Program funding to enhance their iPad loan program to help families stay connected during COVID-19.

Multi-service connection program for seniors during lockdown

Using NHFS funds, CMHA Manitoba was able to expand their services to help more seniors access critical support services when they were physically isolating.