Our Government is working hard for seniors and the loved ones who care for them. We recognize the need to address seniors’ issues, and have taken action to improve the quality of life for seniors in concrete ways over the past year, including:
- Investing over $6 billion over 10 years into home care so that more seniors can stay in their homes longer;
- Improving the Canada Caregiver Credit and creating the new EI compassionate care benefit so that loved ones can more easily support their elderly family members;
- Providing $5 billion over 11 years for affordable housing options for seniors;
- Strengthening the CPP to ensure Canadians have a secure retirement;
- Promoting volunteerism and engaging seniors in their community through the New Horizons Seniors Program;
- Increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement Benefit by up to $947 for our most vulnerable seniors; and
- Restoring the age of eligibility for OAS and GIS to 65, putting an average of $13,000 into the pockets of the lowest income Canadian seniors.
This past session my colleague, Mark Serré, also introduced a private member’s on the study of a National Seniors Strategy by the Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) Committee. His motion was passed in the House of Commons on May 17th, and we look forward to hearing the Committee’s recommendations once the study is complete.
Our Government, in collaboration with the National Senior’s Council, will continue to deliver on our mandate commitments to seniors. We have demonstrated that we are willing to work hard for some of our society’s most vulnerable people, and we will continue to work hard to ensure they are protected.