Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 28, 2011 16:30 ET

Government of Canada and National Seniors Council Hold National Roundtable

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2011) - At a national roundtable in Ottawa today, the Honourable Julian Fantino made his first address as Minister of State (Seniors) to the National Seniors Council (NSC), as well as to seniors' organizations and service providers, on issues related to an aging population.

"Through the National Seniors Council, our Government is giving seniors a say in issues that matter to them," said Minister of State Fantino. "Today's discussions will help us identify how to break down intergenerational barriers and how to support the growing number of older workers and seniors in the workforce."

The NSC is currently examining two areas affected by changing demographics: the continued labour force participation among seniors and near seniors, and intergenerational relations. Today's national roundtable follows a successful series of five cross-Canada regional roundtables with key organizations and subject matter experts.

Minister Fantino joined Mr. Jean-Guy Soulière, Chair of the Council, who facilitated the roundtable discussions. "The consultations provide important opportunities to hear directly from seniors, organizations, and other stakeholders on our two priorities," said Mr. Soulière. "Today's event will help us to understand how to engage seniors and enable them to continue contributing to the labour force."

Since 2007, the NSC has undertaken work on elder abuse, low income among seniors, volunteering among seniors, and positive and active aging. For more information on the Council, please visit www.seniorscouncil.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada is working hard to help improve the lives of seniors on many fronts. For more information on the Government of Canada's commitments to seniors and elder abuse awareness initiatives, visit www.seniors.gc.ca.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

The Government of Canada is working hard to help improve the lives of seniors on many fronts. These efforts include:

  • creating the National Seniors Council in 2007 to provide advice to the federal government on matters related to the well-being and quality of life of seniors;

  • providing Canadians with almost $70 billion this year through Canada's public pension system;

  • providing $2.3 billion annually in tax relief to seniors and pensioners through measures such as pension income splitting and increasing the Age Credit;

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

  • increasing funding to the New Horizons for Seniors Program in Budget 2010 by $5 million, bringing the program total to $40 million annually. The Program helps seniors use their leadership, energy and skills to benefit communities across Canada;

  • supporting positive and active aging through the collaborative Age-Friendly Communities Initiative, Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults, and falls-prevention initiatives;

  • appointing a Minister of State (Seniors)—someone who can bring the concerns of older Canadians to the Cabinet table and stand up on their behalf; and

  • establishing National Seniors Day to recognize the significant and ongoing contributions seniors make to families, communities, workplaces and society.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister of State Fantino
    Heather Domereckyj
    Director of Communications
    819-953-1221
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559