Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 22, 2010 11:08 ET

Minister of State (Seniors) Addresses National Pensioners' and Senior Citizens' Federation

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), addressed members of the National Pensioners' and Senior Citizens' Federation at their annual convention. She spoke about how much seniors will contribute to building Canada's future and the importance of continuing dialogue between government and organizations as Canada's population ages.

"We are entering into a period of unprecedented demographic change," said Minister of State Ablonczy. "The exchange of ideas and best practices with networks like the National Pensioners' and Senior Citizens' Federation will be more important than ever as we work to shape new strategies to deal with the challenges and opportunities of our aging population."

"Seniors must be recognized as an asset to society, not a burden," said Mr. Art Kube, President, National Pensioners' and Senior Citizens' Federation. "We must plan with seniors, not just for seniors."

"I would like to wish Art Kube well as he leaves his post as President of the National Pensioners' and Senior Citizens' Federation," added Minister of State Ablonczy. "Mr. Kube's many years of service is testimony to the convention's theme this year that 'seniors are an asset, not a burden, to society'."

Minister of State Ablonczy also spoke to members of the Federation about the federal government's commitment to supporting financial security among older Canadians and encouraging them to remain healthy, active and socially engaged. The Minister of State highlighted several federal programs and initiatives that help older Canadians maintain a good quality of life, enjoy a secure sense of well-being and enhance their financial security.

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

  • Providing Canadians with almost $70 billion annually through Canada's public pension system;
  • 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;
  • 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's total funding 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; 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

  • Office of Minister of State Ablonczy
    Heather Hume
    Communications Advisor
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office