19.3.5 FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR SENIORS/ NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY

WHEREAS The proportion of seniors 55 years and older in the Canadian population is increasing fast and the number of seniors is expected to double by 2036;

WHEREAS Canadian seniors’ need for equitable access to health, housing, income supports programs and services are increasing correspondingly;

WHEREAS Current seniors access to programs and services and standards of care vary significantly among provinces and territories and many seniors are struggling;

WHEREAS Only the federal government is able to ensure that all seniors in Canada enjoy a quality of life consistent across all provinces and territories and at least comparable with that of seniors in other developed countries;

WHEREAS The federal government currently has no coherent strategy or plan to ensure national standards are in place for seniors’ services and care across all provinces and territories that protect the human rights of all seniors in Canada;

WHEREAS There is no federal Ministry for Seniors with dedicated financial and human resources to undertake national planning, develop national standards for and coordinate federal programs and services for seniors, conduct research on gaps and needs, monitor progress, consult with seniors and guarantee transparency and accountability for all actions to Canadian seniors;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That NPF request that the federal government immediately create a Canadian Seniors Strategy that will: 1) establish national standards of care for seniors wherever they may live in Canada and, 2) create a Ministry for Seniors with dedicated resources for planning, coordinating federal programs and services for seniors, conducting research on gaps and needs, monitoring progress, and ensuring transparent and accountable reporting to Canadian seniors in all the Ministry’s activities.