Orléans, ON – Yesterday, residents of Orléans shared their thoughts and views with Member of Parliament Andrew Leslie on how best to implement and create a pan-Canadian National Seniors Strategy at a local town hall meeting.
Following the passage of Motion-106 proposed by Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré, study began on the Strategy by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) on June 6th, 2017 and will continue this fall. The comments and suggestions from the town hall meeting will be submitted to the HUMA committee to be incorporated into their final report.
The three major themes of the study are to determine how to improve access to housing for seniors, how to improve income security for vulnerable seniors, and how to improve the overall quality of life and well-being for seniors including community programming, social inclusivity and social determinants of health.
Key topics discussed included the importance of ensuring collaboration between all levels of government in terms of program delivery; making it easier to navigate the health care system and finding adequate community resources; the importance of supporting the “sandwich generation”, who are taking care of both aging parents and children and the possibility of creating a national pharma care plan.
Once the HUMA Committee has completed its National Seniors Strategy study and tabled a report in the House of Commons, the National Seniors’ Council will review it and advise Cabinet on implementation. Those wanting to contribute to the study are encouraged to send their written briefs to HUMA@parl.gc.ca .
“For the first time there are more people aged 65 and older than there are children aged 0-14 years. We need to act now and plan ahead to ensure that our seniors have access to a high quality of life and dependable programs and services. I appreciated the views shared by the community and look forward to passing them on to the Committee.” – Andrew Leslie, M.P. for Orléans