Minister of State Wong Holds Series of Consultations

VANCOUVER, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), today hosted two roundtables in Vancouver. The roundtables provided a forum for employers and stakeholder organizations to discuss both the challenges and best practices on the prevention of financial abuse, and the needs of older workers who are balancing work and caregiving responsibilities for seniors. These events mark the beginning of a series of cross-Canada consultations to be held in the coming weeks.

"Roundtables such as these will help to inform future policy direction on issues of importance to seniors" said Minister of State Wong. "Our government is working hard to improve the lives of older Canadians on many fronts, including combatting financial abuse and supporting those with caregiving responsibilities for seniors."

The consultations brought together employers, employer associations, human resources professionals, as well as stakeholders from the financial, legal and social services sectors. The round tables are an opportunity for open dialogue on these important issues.

The Government of Canada is committed to older Canadians and seniors through initiatives such as the New Horizons for Seniors Program, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and the seniors.gc.ca website, which provides seniors, their family members, and caregivers with useful information on government benefits and services.

Visit seniors.gc.ca for easy access to government-related programs and initiatives for seniors.

SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

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