Canada's population is in the midst of a fundamental shift. In 2012, almost one in seven Canadians was a senior; by 2030, that number will jump to nearly one in four. This extraordinary change in our demographics presents new opportunities for Canadian society. It also presents challenges, which the Government of Canada is committed to meeting to ensure both the well-being of seniors and Canada's future prosperity.
Seniors play an important role in our families, communities and workplaces. They helped to build this country and continue to contribute to its success. In recognition of this contribution, the Government of Canada is committed to ensuring a high quality of life for seniors.
Through a range of programs and policies, the Government has taken significant action to meet the needs of seniors, helping them to maintain active lifestyles, remain engaged in their communities and to stay well-informed about the services and benefits available to them. In the past year alone, we have:
- implemented changes to income security programs to reflect the modern reality of how Canadians choose to live, work and retire;
- introduced new, and supported ongoing programs that help seniors continue to be active members of their communities, through paid or volunteer work;
- supported initiatives that help seniors remain in their homes as long as possible;
- invested in research and programs that support and promote good health while aging;
- undertaken activities to raise awareness of elder abuse and help prevent it; and
- improved seniors' access to information and resources about programs and services available to them in their communities.
I am pleased to share a copy of the Government of Canada`s Action of Seniors Report, which provides an overview of various Government of Canada programs and initiatives that are helping seniors, so that we may overcome the challenges and enjoy the opportunities that will come with this new population profile.
To downlaod a pdf copy of the report, please click here.