Minister Tassi visits senior centres in Ontario to highlight NHSP
April 26, 2019
Global Korean Post
Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. By 2030, the number of seniors will reach 9.6 million, representing close to one quarter of Canada’s population.
Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, wrapped up a successful four-day visit to Eastern and Central Ontario where she met with seniors and other key stakeholders to hear about issues important to Canadian seniors.
During her tour, Minister Tassi highlighted Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
On Thursday, April 25, Minister of Seniors visited three organizations in Toronto and Markham that support and care for seniors or that have benefitted from Government of Canada funding for seniors. Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care and Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association became the recipient organizations through the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
The Global Korean Post had an exclusive interview with Minister Tassi on her last itinerary in that afternoon.
“Today has been a great day to be able to listen to seniors and organizations working for seniors as well as celebrate the success the investment of government has made in seniors.” said Minister Tassi.
At the question of the priority to improve seniors’ lives, she said, “I traveled across country…. Overall, I would say there is a consistent theme.” Those themes include income security, affordable housing, isolation, elder abused, access to medical services and health care.
While in Barrie, Ontario, Minister Tassi announced a financial contribution of over $2.85 million through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund, for the Allanview Place project. She made the announcement on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
Through Budget 2019, the Government proposes to:
- Make retirement more financially secure for seniors who wish to work by enhancing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) earnings exemption so they can take home more of their hard-earned income.
- Ensure Canadian workers receive the full value of their pension by proactively enrolling Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributors who are 70 years old or older and who have not yet applied to receive their retirement pension.
- Enhance the security of workplace pensions through new measures that better protect pensions in the event of corporate insolvency, giving Canadians greater peace of mind when it comes to their retirement.
- Promote the inclusion and full participation of vulnerable seniors in society by increasing funding to the New Horizons for Seniors Program, supporting projects that provide new equipment for seniors’ centres, offer financial literacy classes, create volunteer opportunities and prevent elder abuse and social isolation.
- Work with partners to move forward on the creation of a national pharmacare plan. This would include a Canadian Drug Agency that would assess the effectiveness of new prescription drugs and negotiate drug prices on behalf of Canada’s drug plans; and establishing a national strategy for high-cost drugs for rare diseases to help Canadians get better access to the effective treatments that they need.
- Implement Canada’s first National Dementia Strategy to improve the lives of Canadians with dementia, as well as their families and caregivers.
by Global Korean Post