GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Seniors are the backbone of our communities and play an important role in building a better society for future generations. That is why the Government of Canada remains committed to seniors across Canada so they can contribute to and share in the prosperity of the country.
Over the past week, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors, met with numerous seniors' organizations and with seniors, their families and caregivers in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick to discuss and seek insight into issues seniors face in Atlantic Canada. The tour included visits to a continuing care facility, a community group, a Legion and many other organizations that serve seniors.
The Government of Canada continues to support seniors' organizations that seek to improve income security and access to affordable housing, promote healthy ageing and foster the social inclusion and engagement of all seniors.
"I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet with seniors and advocates of seniors' issues in Atlantic Canada to continue the conversation about the important work being done to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of seniors. The experiences that were shared with me during the visit will help me in my role as I build on the work our government has done for seniors. I look forward to listening to and learning from many more seniors across Canada."
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
- Seniors are the fastest growing demographic group in Canada. By 2031, the number of seniors will reach almost 9 million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada's population.
- Canadians' life expectancy is expected to continue rising— Canadian men and women born in 2030 will live on average to age 84 and 87, respectively.
- In June 2018, there were 28,715 Old Age Security pension beneficiaries in Prince Edward Island, with 10,190 of those also receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
- In June 2018, there were 155,135 Old Age Security pension beneficiaries in New Brunswick, with 63,890 of those also receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
- In 2017–2018, 212 projects were approved in Atlantic under the New Horizons for Seniors Program. These projects are led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Annabelle Archambault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Seniors, 819-654-5353, [email protected]; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]