Statement by Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

GATINEAU, QC, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - "As Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, I have a mandate to implement measures in support of seniors. In this regard, I would like to acknowledge and raise awareness about elder abuse on this day, June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Elder abuse is a serious issue affecting many seniors. It can be active abuse or through neglect, but it should never be tolerated. As the number of seniors living in Canada is increasing every year, it is important that we all do our part to end the abuse of seniors in our communities. The Government of Canada is working to address the opportunities and challenges this demographic shift creates to help seniors live safely, securely and with dignity.

I am particularly proud of Canada's active participation in preventing and reducing the mistreatment of older adults through projects supported by the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Our government is committed to empower all Canadians to build better lives for themselves and contribute to, and share in, the prosperity of the country. We recognize the remarkable contribution that Canadian seniors have made and continue to make to our society and economy over the years. We continue to take measures to ensure seniors can enjoy the fulfilling lives that they very much deserve.

We all have a role to play in preventing elder abuse. I encourage you to keep the conversation going using #WEAAD2017 to raise awareness and show your support."

Quick Fact:
According to demographic projections from the 2016 Census, seniors will represent approximately 23% of the total population by 2031.

Associated links
United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
2016 Census topic: Age and sex
Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum
National Seniors Council
New Horizons for Seniors Program


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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Émilie Gauduchon-Campbell, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P., Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, 819-654-5546; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559,

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