Seniors Housing

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS Canadians need more affordable seniors housing. The seniors housing in our community were built in 1977, more than 40 years ago.

Whereas many communities have long waiting lists to get into any existing housing,

Therefore Be It Resolved That the National Pensioners Federation lobby the Federal Government to provide funding for additional housing and the maintenance of that housing.


Submitted by SASKATCHEWAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION INCORPORATED

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National Housing Strategy

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS one and a half million Canadians are unable to find adequate, suitable or affordable housing and 250,000 households are in imminent risk as federal social housing operating agreements expire and over 150,000 more families are on waitlists for housing; and

WHEREAS both homeowners and renters face escalating costs and barriers in their search to find affordable housing; and

WHEREAS in some major cities of Canada, the rental vacancy rate is less than 1% and there is a core housing need where seniors are competing for affordable housing; and

WHEREAS with federal operating agreements expiring each year, many citizens face uncertainty and perhaps homelessness and an initiative to increase long-term and significant capital funding would support construction and operation of new social and affordable housing and protect existing social housing;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the federal government secure the future of affordable housing through a dedicated funding program to protect the existing stock of 600,000 social housing units; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NPF support the development of a National Housing Strategy that includes incentives to preserve and expand rental housing and co-operative housing, at a cost not to exceed 30% of income, for moderate income earners; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NPF urge the Federal government to review the mandate of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to determine how a National Housing Strategy can deliver housing projects with accountability and specific timelines for completion; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) urge all levels of government in partnership to address the serious housing crisis which is due to long-term underinvestment in affordable housing; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) work with our allies to lobby the federal government and all other levels of government to pass into law provisions for a federal housing strategy and provisions for adequate and affordable housing for all Canadians.


Submitted by BC FEDERATION OF RETIRED UNION MEMBERS (BC FORUM) and CONGRESS OF UNION RETIREES OF CANADA

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Residential Care and Assisted Living Facilities

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS it has come to our attention that the Federal Government of Canada has approved the investment of an off-shore foreign company in a company that operates Canadian Residential Care/Assisted Living/Independent Living Complexes in Canada (Retirement Concepts); and

WHEREAS when private and/or foreign ownership occurs, these facilities would be vulnerable to closure and the land slated for commercial development;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urge the Federal and Provincial Governments to carefully monitor this situation to be sure the safety, security and well-being of residents of these Residential Care Complex is maintained; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urge the Federal and Provincial Governments to carefully monitor the residents of these Residential Care Complex with regard to staffing levels to ensure that those levels are maintained with the goal to provide all residents dignity, respect and well-being, and that British Columbia Standards are enforced; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal and Provincial Governments to retain public possession and ownership of all care facilities in the province and to block any future foreign investment or influence by private sector interests wishing to purchase or invest, to any degree, in the ownership or control of said facilities.


Submitted by OLD AGE PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION of BC

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Caregiver Support

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS we, as a society, depend greatly on family members to act as informal caregivers to provide special support care to those who are chronically ill, disabled or dying but wish to remain in their own homes; and

WHEREAS many of these informal caregivers report that their own health has suffered under the stress of providing that care and the financial impact it may have on their own lives; and

WHEREAS various levels of government save money because those who are being cared for do not require the same level of hospital and/or residential care services as a result of the work of the informal caregivers; and

WHEREAS we are aware there is a program under Employment Insurance that provides a limited program providing a benefit to caregivers caring for a family member expected to die within 26 weeks;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal and Provincial Governments to enable a means-tested allowance, whether through an Employment Insurance or other medium, to be paid directly to these informal caregivers to allow them to care for family members without the stress of financial hardship.


Submitted by OLD AGE PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION of BC

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Home Care

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS it has been proven more cost-effective to fund home care givers than to fund hospitalization; and

WHEREAS enabling couples to remain in their own homes causes less stress, avoiding more health issues;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners’ Federation urge both the Federal and Provincial Governments to expand funding to ‘at home’ personal health care.


Submitted by OLD AGE PENSIONERS ORGANIZATION of BC

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Direct Funding to Counter Homelessness

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS over 35,000 Canadians are homeless on a given night; and

WHEREAS over 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a year; and

WHEREAS homelessness costs the Canadian economy $7 billion annually (this includes not only the cost of emergency shelters, but social services, health care and corrections); and

WHEREAS over 8% of residents of shelters in Canada are over the age of 55 years, and may stay longer before moving into housing; and

WHEREAS nearly one in five households experience extreme housing affordability problems meaning that they have low incomes and are spending more than 30% of their income on rent;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation urge the Federal Government to increase direct funding for affordable housing programs, to invest in targeted programs to house homeless people.


Submitted by COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS of B C

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Affordable Housing Funding & Guidelines

Convention: 2017

WHEREAS the availability of rental housing is scarce in some parts of the country and the cost of what is available is high; and

WHEREAS the price of home ownership is beyond the reach of many in the heavily populated parts of the country; and

WHEREAS many people are forced to work at 2 or 3 jobs to pay rents/mortgages; and

WHEREAS many people are forced to move away from family, friends and their work in order to find affordable housing, but then must endure long commutes to work and family; and

WHEREAS the number of seniors who are homeless is on the increase,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the federal government to work with the territorial and provincial governments and their municipal counterparts to provide funding and guidelines for the immediate construction of affordable (that is 30% of family income) rental housing in areas of the country with the most pressing need; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the federal government to work with said groups to develop a plan for affordable housing provisions and roll out that plan across the country; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation call on the federal government to insist that territories and provincial governments set guidelines in place and organizations staffed to enforce those guidelines to protect the interests of tenants and landlords.


Submitted by COUNCIL OF SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS of B C

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Equitable Compensation for Home-owners

Convention:
2015
Policy:
That the NPF urge the federal government of Canada to amend the housing laws so that fair and equitable compensation is provided to manufactured home owners who are required to leave their home as a result of the sale or development of property.

Number:
6
Section:
Environment

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Working together to Implement Rent Controls

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That the NPF work with other national and provincial seniors/retirees organizations and other allies to lobby federal, provincial and territorial governments to implement rent controls in provinces and territories where there are currently none in place.

Number:
5
Section:
Environment

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Fire Safety in Senior Residences

Convention:
2014
Policy:
That the federal, provincial, and territorial governments accelerate plans to ensure that all seniors’ residences are equipped with the necessary systems and adequate staff in order to provide an efficient and timely evacuation and that any residences constructed in the future have a method of closing off sections of a building when fire occurs (e.g. a fire wall) as well as adequate staff on duty (especially during the evening hours) to assist in a speedy evacuation.

Number:
2
Section:
Housing

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