Canada's Economic Action Plan

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September 22, 2009 19:10 ET

Minister of State (Seniors) Speaks With Oshawa Seniors at Town Hall Meeting

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - The Honourable Marjory LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister of State (Seniors), met with seniors in Oshawa today at a Town Hall meeting to discuss a variety of issues affecting seniors, including elder abuse.

"This Town Hall is a good opportunity for us to discuss issues of importance to seniors, and to talk about initiatives that the Government of Canada is undertaking to support and benefit older Canadians," said Minister LeBreton. "We want Canada to be a country where all seniors are active, healthy, secure and valued members of their community."

The Town Hall session, hosted by Oshawa Member of Parliament Colin Carrie, was organized to provide seniors in the Oshawa area with information on various programs and services available to them.

Minister LeBreton spoke about initiatives that are helping to improve seniors' well-being and quality of life, including those announced through Canada's Economic Action Plan and other measures undertaken since 2006:

- Providing approximately $1.9 billion annually in tax relief to seniors and pensioners.

- Increasing the Age Credit by $1,000 for 2009 and beyond to allow eligible seniors to receive up to an additional $150 in annual tax savings.

- Providing $400 million over two years through the Affordable Housing Initiative for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors.

- Investing an additional $60 million over three years in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, and by expanding the number of eligible communities to include older workers in small cities.

- Establishing an independent Task Force to make recommendations on a cohesive national strategy on financial literacy for Canadians.

- In collaboration with provincial and territorial Ministers of Finance, proposing a number of changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to improve flexibility for working Canadians, enhance pension coverage, and improve equity in the CPP.

- Helping seniors remain healthy, active and socially engaged in their communities through programs such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

- Creating the Tax-Free Savings Account, which allows Canadians - including seniors - to earn tax-free investment income.

The Government of Canada is also supporting seniors through a national elder abuse awareness campaign. Entitled Elder Abuse - It's Time To Face The Reality, the campaign was launched on June 15, 2009, which was Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and will run again for four weeks starting September 28, in time for International Day of Older Persons, October 1.

The campaign - which is supported through funding of $13 million over three years provided in Budget 2008 - aims to help Canadians recognize the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and provides information on available support. The Government will also be working with professional associations that have frontline workers who often deal with seniors. These organizations will be able to draw on the federal elder abuse awareness materials in order to help reduce the incidence of abuse.

For more information on the Government's programs and services for seniors, please visit www.seniors.gc.ca.

This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Office of Minister LeBreton
    Rebecca Murphy
    Senior Policy Advisor
    613-943-0756