NDP's National Aging Strategy


Mathyssen hosts round table to release NDP’s National Strategy on Aging

OTTAWA –Between the 2006 and 2011 the Census for the City of London showed that the population of Canadians aged 65 years and older increased by 11%. Tired by the lack of action from the Conservatives, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats, led by MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)  who was named the Seniors Critic by the late Jack Layton in 2011, undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today that strategy was released by Mathyssen to a round table of stakeholders.

“It was Canada’s population of seniors who built a society of prosperity, generosity, and sound public institutions. And I am very proud of the work done locally by people like former City Councillor Gina Barber to make London an ‘Age Friendly City’,” said Mathyssen. “But at the federal level, instead of supporting our seniors Stephen Harper raised the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement and cut the services they rely on.”

The NDP has already promised to roll-back the age of eligibility for OAS and GIS to 65 years in 2015 and expand the Canada Pension Plan and the Québec Pension Plan. Today’s National Strategy on Aging lays out a comprehensive approach to not only boost financial security for seniors but to increase their quality of life.

“After working hard their whole lives, seniors deserve financial security and a reasonable quality of life, including timely access to good public services like healthcare,” said Irene Mathyssen. “The federal government should be working with the provinces, national stakeholders and all who advocate on behalf of seniors to create a national strategy that provides dignity and security for all seniors in their retirement.”

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Click the PDF below to download or read the full National Aging Strategy