Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 04, 2011 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Marks National Senior Safety Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 4, 2011) - Canadians are invited to mark their calendars: National Senior Safety Week is taking place this year from November 6 to 12.

"In November, we celebrate both National Senior Safety Week and National Crime Prevention and Community Safety Month," said the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors). "The prevention of elder abuse is about seniors' safety and security. It is also about crime prevention and creating safe and secure communities."

As part of the Government of Canada's continuing commitment to combat elder abuse, Minister Wong will host a series of three round-table discussions on the issue from November 7 to 9, in western Canada. Later this month, the Government will re-launch its successful national advertising campaign, Elder Abuse: It's Time to Face the Reality, to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of elder abuse, and provide information on available support.

National Senior Safety Week is led annually by the Canada Safety Council. This year's theme is "Safe driving for older Canadians." Independence is a key component of healthy and active aging, and driving often contributes to that independence.

For more information on the Government of Canada's programs and services for seniors, please visit

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Initiatives for Seniors

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

  • introducing a new Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) top-up benefit to help Canada's most vulnerable seniors. This is the largest increase to the GIS for the lowest-income seniors in a quarter century. The measure will further improve the financial security and well-being of more than 680 000 seniors across Canada. It represents a $1.5 billion investment over the next five years;

  • increasing funding to the New Horizons for Seniors Program this year by $5 million per year, bringing the program's annual budget to $45 million. The Program helps seniors bring their leadership, energy and skills to benefit communities across Canada;

  • providing Canadians with close to $72 billion this year through Canada's public pension system;

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

  • providing $400 million over two years under Canada's Economic Action Plan for the construction of housing units for low-income seniors;

  • supporting positive and active aging through the collaborative Age Friendly Communities Initiative, Physical Activity Tips for Older Adults and falls prevention initiatives;

  • establishing October 1 as National Seniors Day to recognize the significant and ongoing contributions seniors make to families, communities, workplaces and society; and

  • 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.

Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director, Communications
    Office of Minister of State Wong

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada