Seniors

The Canadian Government News Centre offers you quick access to news specific to the senior population.

  1. Seniors are too often victims of not only physical and sexual abuse, but also neglect, psychological or financial abuse, often perpetrated by a person in a position of trust. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerabated these harms by further isolating many seniors. Yet there is no one accepted definition of senior abuse in Canada or around the world, hampering collaboration, data collection and progress against this scourge.
  2. Minister Schulte to make an announcement on senior abuse
  3. The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum met today to discuss key priorities and meaningful ways to support current and future generations of older Canadians. The meeting was co-chaired by Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte and Minister of Seniors and Housing for Alberta, Josephine Pon.
  4. The federal Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte, and Alberta’s Minister of Seniors and Housing, Josephine Pon, will co-host a symposium entitled “The Future of Aging in Canada.” This three-hour virtual event will provide an opportunity to hear experts discuss how to respond to social isolation, support healthy aging through innovative research and technological advancements, and address senior abuse.
  5. The Enabling Accessibility Fund supports the capital costs of construction and renovations related to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.
  6. Over the past two decades, Canada’s labour force has seen greater numbers of people staying in the work force longer. However, widespread ageist views may be responsible for persistent negative beliefs and attitudes about older workers and their role in the workforce.
  7. Tenera Care undertakes first production run of its monitoring and contact tracing system
  8. The Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, issued the following statement for Mental Health Week.
  9. Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians.
  10. Seniors face increased vulnerability as they age: they tend to have lower incomes, experience higher poverty rates, and often face health related expenses because of the onset of illness or disability. They are also more likely to face the possibility of outliving their life savings and are more at risk of widowhood. Research shows that the loss of a spouse or partner can lead to a significant decline in the standard of living of seniors, particularly among women.
  11. Minister Schulte to provide an update on support for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and share highlights from Budget 2021
  12. Seniors are an important part of our social fabric and contribute to the rich diversity of Canada. The Government of Canada is committed to seeking advice on seniors' issues to inform its work so that Canadians can age with dignity and in the best possible health, while enjoying social and economic security.
  13. Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics of Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto, the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Director of Health Policy Research at the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  14. While the pandemic has been hard on everyone, it has been hardest on seniors. Seniors helped build the country we know and love today, and the Government of Canada is committed to helping reduce their social isolation.
  15. The Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte, will announce funding to support the development of the national online knowledge hub, Healthy Aging CORE (Collaborative Online Resources and Education), to strengthen supports that contribute to seniors’ well-being and help them remain connected with their communities. She will be joined by, Kahir Lalji from the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Gregor Sneddon from HelpAge Canada.
  16. While the pandemic has been hard on everyone, it has been hardest on seniors. Seniors helped to build the country we know and love today, and the Government of Canada is committed to helping reduce their social isolation during this difficult period.
  17. Today, Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte and Minister of Health Patty Hajdu issued the following statement:On behalf of all Canadians, we want to extend our sincere thanks to the millions of individuals who provide care to people in their lives in need of support. As we continue to fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to highlight the vital contributions caregivers make in our communities.
  18. Minister Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, along with Sherri Rollins, City Councillor for Fort-Rouge East Fort Garry, will announce funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which includes funding to support projects with the Rainbow Resource Centre.
  19. The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, and the Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, today issued the following statement in response to the Auditor General’s report on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):
  20. The Government of Canada will respond to the first reports related to COVID‑19 and the report on Investing in Canada Plan from the Auditor General of Canada.
  21. As the COVID-19 pandemic has increased social isolation among many older Canadians, programs that serve seniors are more important than ever. The Government of Canada continues to support local organizations that empower seniors in their communities and contribute to seniors’ health and well-being.
  22. Minister Schulte to announce new community supports for seniors across Canada at a Vaughan Community Health Centre project
  23. The Government of Canada continues to help and support Canadian families and workers struggling to make ends meet because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Over the past year, this support has included the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, three recovery benefits and a more flexible and accessible Employment Insurance (EI) program.