Seniors Town hall brings out over 200 Nepean Residents, MP Chandra Arya, Nepean

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Seniors Town hall brings out over 200 Nepean Residents, MP Chandra Arya, Nepean

The latest Census shows that seniors are outnumbering children for the first time in Canadian history. With an increasing aging population, our government understands the importance of supporting  and working with seniors on the issues that matter most to them.

On Nov. 26, I held a town hall event in Nepean with the Hon. Filomena Tassi, the newly appointed Minister for Seniors. The event that was at Stonebridge Golf Club, brought out over 200 Nepean residents interested in hearing more about our government’s ongoing plan to better support seniors. It also provided the community an opportunity to put forward inputs and suggestions for the minister to consider.

We had lots of great discussions about what matters most to seniors. Some of the main points brought up in these discussions included a suggested emergency line for only seniors, more help getting palliative care at home, suggested increases to retirement income with rising life expectancy, more access to long-term care, and help navigating the internet, among many other topics. Minister Tassi took note of all the suggestions made, and was grateful to gather such informative inputs.

Canadians deserve peace of mind when it comes to their retirement security. That’s why the federal government opened up public consultations on the subject. Canadians are invited to provide feedback through the webpage: Consultations on enhancing retirement security, between now and Dec. 21, 2018.

The potential actions span a number of areas, including pension regulations, corporate laws, and insolvency and bankruptcy laws, and allow for the exploration of all available avenues to improve retirement security for Canadians. This could include:

  • measures to help ensure that employers maintain well-funded pension plans;
  • better alignment of corporate decision making with pensioner and employee interests; and
  • more transparency and fairness in insolvency proceedings.

After a lifetime of hard work, Canadians deserve a secure and dignified retirement. That’s why we have taken meaningful action to support seniors and increase their opportunities to maintain a good quality of living. We will continue to make investments to provide more support for seniors and help close gaps in our system, to ensure that every senior in Canada is cared for.

Speaking to Nepean residents during a town hall for seniors at Stonebridge Golf Club with the Hon. Filomena Tassi, Minister for Seniors, Nov. 26, 2018.

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