NICKEL BELT/ GREATER SUDBURY – Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, issued the following statement concerning the tabling of the report “Advancing Quality of Life and Inclusion for Seniors” by MP Bryan May, Chair of the HUMA committee, in the House of Commons on March 29, 2018:
“I would like to extend my gratitude to the HUMA committee for completing its study ‘Advancing Quality of Life and Inclusion for Canadian Seniors’ and tabling its findings in a final report in the House of Commons. I look forward to reviewing the committee’s findings and recommendations now that the study is completed.”
“Likewise, the newly re-engaged National Seniors’ Council will soon begin to review the report and advise the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos and the Minister of Health, The Honourable Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, on how best to develop and implement a pan-Canadian National Seniors’ Strategy—an initiative that more than 63,000 Canadians have written to their Members of Parliament to demand since before the 2015 federal election as part of the Canadian Medical Association’s ‘Demand A Plan’ campaign.”
“Finally, I would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations from across the country who reached out to me personally to support my motion calling on the federal government to develop and implement a National Seniors Strategy, and for attending the numerous town halls I have co-hosted across the country with my colleagues since last summer. The most common feedback I received at these town halls is that all levels of government must do a better job of educating the population on the positive contributions that seniors continue to provide to their communities, including unpaid volunteer work in particular, because many seniors feel discriminated against when their contributions are undervalued in society. I want to assure all those that provided feedback that the progress being made to develop a National Seniors Strategy would not be possible without their continued support.”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
The report, Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors examines important themes related to income security, housing, accessible services that support aging in place, fostering age friendly communities, and supporting caregivers.
The Committee’s report is based upon a breadth of oral and written testimony provided by a variety of witnesses – including researchers, service providers, advocacy groups, representatives from various levels of government, as well as seniors themselves – between the months of June and November 2017. It also includes recently released Statistics Canada data from the 2016 Census. At its conclusion, the report makes twenty-nine recommendations about how to improve the lives of Canadian seniors, which will work to inform the government’s strategy around seniors’ issues in the future.
The report finds that there are both tremendous challenges as well as opportunities that go along with Canada’s aging population. In addition, the report discusses that the retirement income security system has worked well for many but needs updating and that there are still too many vulnerable seniors who are falling through the cracks. Notably, the study recommends a National Seniors Strategy, which provides a framework for the federal government, other orders of government, and stakeholders to work together towards a comprehensive and integrated strategy to advance inclusion and well-being of seniors.
To view the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development (HUMA) report, Advancing Inclusion and Quality of Life for Seniors, please visit: http://www.ourcommons.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/HUMA/report-8/