OTTAWA, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State
(Seniors), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
signed an administrative memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with
the President of the China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA), Mr.
Chen Chuanshu, to share information on seniors' issues.
The MOU on aging between Canada and China will allow both countries to
share information on research and best practices. This MOU supports the
Government's continued efforts to engage with China in areas of common
Minister of State Wong was pleased to host the CNCA President and his
delegation during their visit to Ottawa to finalize the MOU and to
highlight some of the Government's initiatives to improve the lives of
seniors, such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Canadian
Employers for Caregivers Plan announced in Budget 2014 and the seniors.gc.ca website.
CNCA is the Chinese national secretariat responsible for research and
implementation strategies as well as policies and plans on aging.
Minister of State Wong has met with CNCA four times, including on a 2013
trade mission to China and Japan.
Today, one in seven Canadians is aged 65 or over. By 2036, nearly one in
four Canadians will be a senior.
Over the last decade in Canada, life expectancy at age 65 increased by
two years, approximately twice the rate of growth observed over each of
the previous decades since 1929. Projections show that Canadians are
expected, on average, to live beyond age 90 in the future.
"Our government is keenly focused on issues facing seniors today and the
aging population of tomorrow. Today's memorandum of understanding with
China will allow us to build on our collective experience for the
benefit of all Canadians."
- The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors)
China-Canada Bilateral Relations
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Seniors)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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