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“Federal and provincial governments need to hear from older Canadians on policies and legislation that affects them most, CARP ensures that older Canadians’ voices are heard in parliament and that vital political promises are made and kept.”                    

Moses Znaimer, CARP President

 

CARP, formerly Canadian Association for Retired Persons, is Canada’s largest Advocacy Association for Canadians as we age. CARP advocates for better healthcare, financial security and freedom from ageism. CARP members engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues. CARP members also get more than 100 benefits and discounts in healthcare, lifestyle, traveling and many more.

 

Our Community

  • More than 300,000 Canadians aged 45+
  • Dozens of Chapter Leaders from coast to coast
  • Stakeholders and Special Interest Groups
  • Expert Opinion Leaders in Healthcare, Finance & Ageism
  • Corporate Partners and Sponsors
  • Journalists and media organizations

 

CARP WINS BIG IN 2016

In a typical year, we’d be excited by one big win, but 2016 saw us score five major victories:

 

  • Increasing the Canada’s Pension Plan (CPP): Pensions will increase from 25 % to 33 % of earnings. Eligible pension earnings will increase from $ 54,000 to $ 82,700 annually.
  • Restoring Old Age Security (OAS) Eligibility to 65: In 2012, PM Harper raised the eligibility age to 67. In 2016, it was restored to 65.
  • Securing $3 Billion in Homecare Funding: In 2017 the Federal Budget announced $3 billion in funding and extended commitment to $ 6 billion over 10 years.
  • An Extra $1,000 a Year for Canada’s Poorest Seniors
  • Reduced Senior’s Drug Co-pays in Ontario and Nova Scotia and influencing the Government to add new drugs to provincial formularies.

 

CARP’s Top 5 Priorities for 2017

 

  1. Elder Abuse in Long-Term Care Homes

CARP is taking action to prevent elder abuse in long-term care homes and improve the financial, physical and emotional security of Canadians as we age.

  1. Homecare

Access to homecare is vital for aging Canadians. CARP will hold the federal liberals to their pledge for $3 billion in homecare funding and for the provinces to reallocate resources so more care is provided to parents living at home.

  1. Caregivers

An estimated $25 billion, or 80%, of care is provided annually by 8 million informal, unpaid caregivers. CARP wants a refundable federal tax credit, expanded EI coverage for Compassionate Care Benefits, a caregiver’s allowance for low income caregivers and a significant expansion of respite care.

  1. Investor Protection

Of 26 countries rated in a recent assessment, Canada ranked 26th, receiving a D- for our high investment fees and expenses. CARP is working to eliminate embedded fees and fight the conflicts of interest that are prevalent in the financial services industry.

  1. Reduce Hydro Rates in Ontario

CARP is taking action to rally the public and influence the provincial government to significantly reduce hydro rates so that Canadians on fixed incomes do not have to choose between eating and heating their homes.

 

Power in Numbers

In May 2017, Canada’s National Census revealed that, for the first time ever, seniors outnumber children in Canada. There are now 5.9 million seniors, compared to 5.8 million Canadians, 14 and under. Federal and provincial policy-making that affects older Canadians is more important now than it has ever been.

 

How is CARP funded?

CARP is a not-for-profit organization and does not receive government operating funding. Its advocacy mission is funded through CARP membership fees and through contributions from our affinity partnerships.