WHEREAS in early 2017 the Council of Economic Advisors to Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau stated that the ages of eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS ) and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) be “should be recalibrated and increased to meet the Canadian reality of an aging society and a considerably longer life expectancy; and
WHEREAS changing the ages of eligibility to OAS and CPP would hurt seniors, put increased pressure on our pension plans, and cause a further downloading of services to the provincial governments; and
WHEREAS the Liberal Party during the 2015 campaign about changing the ages of eligibility to Old Age Security, said: “This will make our most vulnerable seniors even poorer, and Canadians will have to wait two additional years to collect this much-needed money. It will also pass along costs to provincial governments that will have to support low-income seniors. ” ; and
WHEREAS half of the seniors in Canada live on an annual income of $26,000 or less, and any changes to the ages of eligibility for CPP and OAS would plunge many of these seniors into deep poverty,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) will continue to:
– oppose changes to the age of eligibility for either/ or and both the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) and
– work with our allies to oppose these changes.
Submitted by BC FEDERATION OF RETIRED UNION MEMBERS (BC FORUM) and CONGRESS OF UNION RETIREES OF CANADA