Media Advisory - Canada's Population is Aging Fast: What are the challenges of living a long and healthy life in retirement?

OTTAWA, April 18, 2016 /CNW/ - For almost 20 years, Canadian policy makers have been wrestling with the demographic reality that Canada is getting older – and fast.  For some time, we've been talking about how on earth Canada is going to provide CPP and a decent standard of living for a generation of seniors that is bigger that the generations that follow.  But there is another car on this demographic freight train that could very well send Canadian benefits off track – namely, health care for that ever growing cohort of seniors. 

How is Canada going to fund universal health care and ensure quality of health if the sheer number of heavy health users threatens to swamp the system?  It's incumbent on Canadian policy makers to start this conversation now, before it's too late.

Media are invited to join Canada's leading experts at a focused symposium dedicated to finding real answers to these serious demographic problems. 


Experts include:

  • Jack Mintz, President's Fellow, The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Claude Montmarquette, President, CIRANO, Professor Emeritus, University of Montreal
  • Kevin Milligan, Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia
  • Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine, Stanford Health Policy, Stanford University
  • David Naylor, Chair, Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation


Symposium for Living Healthy in Old Age: Dreams, Realities and Consequences


Tuesday, April 19, 2016. 8:00–8:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks, 1:25 p.m., concluding remarks by Jack Mintz. Scrum to follow


Fairmont Château Laurier, Drawing Room, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa


SOURCE The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

For further information: Morten Paulsen, 403.220.2540,


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