Employment and Social Development Canada
October 1, 2018 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
“Every year on October 1, Canada celebrates National Seniors Day by honouring its seniors, and by highlighting their valuable contributions to our families, workplaces, communities and society.
The growth of Canada’s senior population is accelerating. That is why our government is placing this group in the forefront and prioritizing a series of strategic objectives including: increasing seniors’ access to affordable housing; improving seniors’ income security; promoting healthy aging and improving access to healthcare services; and fostering the social inclusion and engagement of seniors.
All seniors should be able to retire in safety and dignity. That is why, starting in 2019, Canada Pension Plan benefits will start to increase to reach one third of people’s average work earnings. This initiative follows measures that have already been implemented, such as the increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement for the most vulnerable single seniors and restoring the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 67 to 65. We have also made significant investments in affordable and accessible housing and in home care so that our seniors can live in their community for as long as possible.
Through to the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are working with local governments, establishments and organizations to highlight our seniors’ talents, knowledge, skills and experiences and to ensure that they remain active, informed and engaged in their communities. This program encourages volunteerism and mentorship, and helps combat senior isolation.
On National Seniors Day, I also invite you to visit the Seniors in Canada Facebook page and to join the conversation using the hashtag #NationalSeniorsDay. It’s the perfect opportunity to show our thanks to seniors in Canada and highlight their significant contribution. Whether it is through small gestures or a big display of love, there are many ways to tell the seniors in our lives we appreciate what they have done and continue to do for us.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors