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CARP—A New Vision of Aging is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians promoting equitable access to health care, financial security, and freedom from ageism.

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“Federal and provincial governments need to hear from Canadians on policies and legislation that sooner or later affect us all. CARP ensures that older Canadians’ voices are heard in Parliament and that vital political promises are made and kept.”

- Moses Znaimer, C.A.R.P. President
 

CARP—A New Vision of Aging is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians promoting equitable access to health care, financial security, and freedom from ageism. Backed by more than 330,000 members, CARP is a non-partisan association that has been around for over 40 years, committed to working with all parties in government to advocate for older Canadians. Our mission is to advocate 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 membership support creates major changes in government policies and protects the dignity of Canadians as we age. Members are also rewarded with discounts on over 100 everyday products and services they know and love from CARP’s trusted partners.

 

No one else is doing what we are doing, with one united voice.

CARP WINS: CARP and its Members Have Successfully Advocated For:

REDUCTION IN SENIORS POVERTY

When the organization started around a kitchen table in Toronto in 1984, the seniors’ poverty rate was bouncing around 20%, there was little in the way of a safety net for seniors and many were forced to choose between food and medicine.

Pharmaceuticals represented the fastest-growing component of healthcare costs starting in the mid-80s. With the voice of CARP making these deficiencies known to policy makers, provinces have responded with age-based or income based or employment based programs to help offset increasing costs. Still work to do, but CARP has a long record of success in making medicines accessible for seniors. When Ontario recently tried to introduce a new co-pay for seniors prescriptions, CARP spoke up and the policy never got off the ground.

ESTABLISHMENT OFTHE CPP INVESTMENT BOARD TO KEEP CANADIAN PENSION SEPARATE FROM THE GOVERNMENT COFFERS

CARP pushed for increases to CPP more recently, which were not intended for the benefit of seniors today, but for those coming next, to ensure it will continue to meet needs of future seniors.

INCREASE OF THE CPP TO ENSURE NEXT GENERATION OF SENIORS HAVE THEIR NEEDS MET

CARP fights against age discrimination, which may be one of the last acceptable forms of discrimination still found in our society. The removal of mandatory retirement was a landmark change for which CARP had long lobbied and had changed society today with 65 plus who want to, or need to work, staying productive in the workforce to the greater benefit of the economy.

ENDING OF MANDATORY RETIREMENT AT AGE 65

CARP fought for the right to split pension income between spouses to cut the tax liability, for couples who likely had only one pensioned worker. This has saved seniors in Canada, billions in tax dollars…. Money that stays in the pockets of seniors. CARP fights to protect this win. If we did not, the government would surely reinstate the full tax on the recipient.

ESTABLISHMENT OF PENSION INCOME SPLITTING FOR FAMILIES - TYPICALLY WHERE ONE SPOUSES WAS NOT IN THE WORKFORCE OR HAS NO PENSION

Conservative government changed old age security eligibility to age 67 without consultation. CARP launched a year long campaign against the change. It became an election issue and opposition parties promised to reverse the change. The government changed and so did the policy. OAS is funded out of the federal budget each year and is not guaranteed and could be changed at any time with amendments to the Old Age Security act. C.A.R.P fights to keep government hands off OAS.

SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT OAS ELIGIBILTY CHANGES. KEEPING OAS AGE AT 65

Similarly, we are fighting against mandatory withdrawals from RRIFs for those who have saved with RRSPs and see their registered accounts converted to income funds that require annual, taxable distributions. CARP has been successful in seeing the mandatory amounts for withdrawal lowered, but continues to fight for no mandatory withdrawals. Seniors should be able to access their savings only when they want to or need to… according to their interests and not of the taxman. The gov’t will eventually get all of their taxes due, through redemption or through the estate, but they are hurting seniors by setting a mandatory withdrawal schedule.

REDUCED MANDATORY RRIF WITHDRAWAL AMOUNT. STILL FIGHTING TO END MANDATORY RRIF WITHDRAWALS

CARP continues to fight for improvement to the health care of seniors, outside of the hospital setting. Was instrumental in an enveloped home care commitment for Fed gov to provinces, $3 million. Pushing for increased investment with oversight by auditors for ROI.

WON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO BE INVESTED IN HOMECARE. BUT THERE'S MUCH MORE INVESTMENT NEEDED

Older single women are still among the poorest in Canada. CARP pushes for a widening net to help those who are living in poverty. GIS increases to meet the needs of seniors. Recently saw a $1000 annual increase in that amount. CARP continues to fight for older women who are disproportionately in poverty. Including calling for increases in CPP survivor benefits.. promised by Liberals, but not yet delivered.

WON INCREASES IN GUARANTEED INCOME SUPPLEMENT FOR LOWEST INCOME SENIORS

FOUGHT FOR AND WON UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO SENIORS' FLU SHOTE IN MAJORITY OF CANADIAN PROVINCES

• NACI recommended high dose flu vaccines are now available at no charge to Canadians 65+ in Ontario, the Yukon, New Brunswick and PEI

• Shingles vaccine in Ontario for seniors 65-70 years old thanks to CARP.

• Senior specific and more effective flu vaccine now available in many provinces for all seniors thanks to CARP advocacy. CARP continues to fight to raise all provinces to universal access to best in class vaccines for seniors. Shingles, Pneumonia and Flu.

Dental coverage is a big issue for our seniors with fixed income, low savings. Ontario responded with coverage for very lowest income.

Wins for CARP in 2021

• Advocated for and achieved change in Ontario Minister of Long-term Care

• Our demand for unscheduled comprehensive inspections of all long-term care homes was carried out

• Meaningful fines and other serious penalties were introduced for homes that fail the inspections

• Meaningful management changes at the Ministry were instituted, Deputy Minister replaced

• Federal Social Security benefits were increased

• CPP amounts were raised

• NACI recommended high dose flu vaccines are now available at no charge to Canadians 65+ in Ontario, the Yukon, New Brunswick and PEI

• Won $7424 million for one-time payments to alleviate the financial hardship of GIS recipients who received the CERB

• In Nova Scotia achieved a win in our advocacy to create a separate Ministry of Long-term Care

• In Ontario achieved a negotiated settlement between the government and optometrists for OHIP Funding

• Furthered our goal of better Access to Medicines when the federal government put a hold on further changes to the PMPRB

• Achieved a better understanding among older Canadians of how they can advocate on behalf of their own health care especially as it relates to cancer treatments

• In Ontario, best available NACI recommended Shingles vaccines for 65-70 year olds

How is CARP funded?

CARP is a nonprofit organization and does not receive government operating funding. Its advocacy mission is funded through membership fees and through contributions from our affinity partnerships. Through its affiliation with Zoomer Media, CARP has access to multiple media platforms. Advertisers interested in reaching our audience provide a full slate of benefits to members, often covering the cost of membership.

Chapters

Many CARP members are active participants in their local chapters. Our chapters are active advocates who work for local change while supporting national efforts. Many CARP chapters also sponsor events of interest to those who are 45+ in their communities. See below for a list of current chapters.

You can join CARP and your local chapter at the same time by selecting your local chapter below and clicking the 'Join Now' button.

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Chapter 36
Gwen Kavanagh, President
705-252-4756
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Chapter 10
Jim Hubbard, President
403-256-1181
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Chapter 43
Maria Mikelenas McLoughlin, President
647-636-2220
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Chapter 54
Jon Dannewald, President
705-754-2540
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Chapter 3
Tom Carrothers, President
905-319-7345
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Chapter 23
Sandy Zeznik & Karen Bailey Romanko, President
250-426-5021
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Chapter 9
John Lindsay, President
705-618-9103
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Chapter 45
Kent Macfarlane, President
604-839-2783
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Chapter 7
Adam Budrewicz, President
226-280-7745
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Chapter 47
Carol-Ann Borody-Siemens, President
204-654-1172
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Board Of Directors

Moses Znaimer
President & Chairman

Bill VanGorder
Vice Chair

Ramona Kaptyn
Director-at-Large

Maura Cohen
Secretary

David Cravit
Treasurer

Team

Moses Znaimer

President

Bill VanGorder

Chief Policy Officer and Chief Operating Officer

David Cravit

Chief Membership Officer

Anthony Quinn

Chief Community & Benefits Officer

Jeanine Appleton-Bott

Chapter Relations Administrator

Financials and Bylaws

CARP is a federally incorporated nonprofit corporation. Below you will find the most recent audited financial statements, as well as the organization's bylaws.

Contact C.A.R.P. Français

CARP is an advocacy group. We are unable to provide personal assistance or support for individuals. If you are an individual in a health crisis, please go to your local emergency department.


For journalists and reporters, contact [email protected] (for quickest reply) or toll free 1-888-363-2279.

Your membership support is important to us.
If you have any other questions, contact us at:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-833-211-2277
8AM to 5PM Eastern Time

Advocacy is a key component of our mandate at C.A.R.P. As a grass-roots organization, we particularly value your input as C.A.R.P. members. If you have a cause you believe we need to address, please tell us by filling out our Advocacy Cause Form here.

C.A.R.P. Head Office


70 Jefferson Ave.
Toronto, ON
M6K 1Y4

Advocacy: [email protected]

Benefits: [email protected]

Questions or Comments About Your C.A.R.P. Membership

Here, you’ll find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about C.A.R.P. membership. Some responses will provide an opportunity for you to log in to CARP’S Online Customer Care Portal at my.carp.ca, as seen below.

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To access your C.A.R.P. member benefits, you must be registered.

First step is to register with your email address and password.
Then you will be able to sign in.

Visit CARP.ca/join to order your C.A.R.P. membership.

Please log in to my.carp.ca. This is C.A.R.P.'s online Customer Care Portal.
If you have not already done so, be sure to register first. Once logged in, you may select "Give A Gift" at the top of the page.

Please log in to my.carp.ca. This is C.A.R.P.'s online Customer Care Portal.
If you have not already done so, be sure to register first. Here you will be able to update your mailing address.
If you are moving, please update your mailing address six weeks prior to your move to prevent correspondence being sent to your old address.

Please log in to my.carp.ca. This is C.A.R.P.'s online Customer Care Portal.
If you have not already done so, be sure to register first.
Here you will be able to:
1. add your email address
2. update your email address
3. remove your email address

Please log in to my.carp.ca This is C.A.R.P.'s online Customer Care Portal.
If you have not already done so, be sure to register first.
Here you will be able to unsubscribe from:
1. Selected C.A.R.P. newsletters
2. C.A.R.P.'s 3rd party mail
3. telephone solicitation

Delivery time for a C.A.R.P. membership card is 3-5 weeks from when your order is submitted. If you still have not received your C.A.R.P. card after 5 weeks log in to my.carp.ca to confirm your Account has been set up and that we have your correct mailing address.
If everything is in order, please notify our customer service department at [email protected]carp.ca to have the card re-issued to you.
Note, while in my.carp.ca you can print a temporary card until the actual one arrves BY CLICKING ON THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

Login in to my.carp.ca to confirm your account has been set up and that we have your correct mailing address.
If everything is in order, please notify our customer service department at [email protected] to have a welcome package and member benefit guide issued to you.
Note, while in my.carp.ca you can view the member benefit guide BY CLICKING ON THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

In order to log in to my.carp.ca you must register first with your email address and password. If you have registered and are having trouble logging in, please double check that you have entered your information correctly. If you still cannot access your account, please follow the steps below to reset your CARP.ca password.
You can request a password reset by clicking on the "Forgot Password" link found at my.carp.ca. (See below)

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After clicking the link you will receive an email from CARP.ca. Follow the instructions below to reset your password.
Password Reset: Open the email from CARP.ca with the Subject "Reset your CARP.ca Password". Please note the password reset link found in this email will expire after 24 hours.

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Enter the password in the "New Password" and "Confirm Password" fields then click "Set Password".

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You will see a confirmation that your password has been reset. Click "Back to Login".

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Sign in with the email address associated with your C.A.R.P. account and enter the new password you just created and click "Sign in".

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If you continue to experience problems, please email us at [email protected] providing your complete name, address and telephone number we can reach you at.

We will notify you by mail when it is time to renew your subscription. By renewing promptly, you can avoid both an interruption in service and future renewal reminders.
For faster service, renew at carp.ca/renew.
Or you may contact us at [email protected]

Log in to my.carp.ca select auto-renewal.
You will be notified before being charged each year.
Your membership will then renew automatically each year at our guranteed lowest rate. You can cancel at any time.

Your membership support is important to us.
If you have any other questions, contact us at:
Email: [email protected]
Mail: CARP - 8799 Highway 89 Alliston, ON L9R 1V1
Phone: 1-833-211-2277
Chat: Live Agent

Effective September 1, 2018

1. NEW and RENEWAL Orders for C.A.R.P. (1. C.A.R.P. only; 2. C.A.R.P. and Zoomer Magazine): C.A.R.P. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as of September 1, 2018. This new policy will provide 72 hours for the purchaser to cancel the order and receive a full refund. However, once the order (C.A.R.P. or C.A.R.P. and Zoomer Magazine, new or renewal) is placed, and 72 hours (3 days) have passed, then the purchaser decides to cancel the order, the purchaser will NOT receive their money back on the C.A.R.P. portion of the order. If the purchaser would like to cancel the order, they may do so, but the C.A.R.P. portion would NOT be refunded and sent to the purchaser. If the order included Zoomer Magazine, C.A.R.P. portion is non-refundable, the Zoomer portion will allow refunds on un-mailed issues, which would be refunded to the purchaser.

2. IMPORTANT NOTE: This new policy (where C.A.R.P. portion of orders is not refundable to the purchaser) will only impact orders that come in after September 1st, 2018. Customers who purchased or renewed before this date will be eligible to receive refunds on their C.A.R.P. membership as they will be grandfathered on the original terms and conditions that were in place at the time of purchase.

C.A.R.P. & ZoomerMedia Limited

CARP operates under a unique business model. Through our affiliation with ZoomerMedia, CARP has access to multiple media platforms. ZoomerMedia’s advertisers interested in reaching CARP’s audience provide a full slate of benefits to members, often covering the cost of membership.

In some cases, clicking on links in CARP's website or emails will lead to landing pages on the Zoomer Media website.

From time to time, special offers to CARP members are described as CARP approved or CARP recommended. ZoomerMedia advertisers will be screened by CARP’s Due Diligence Committee in order to qualify for any CARP endorsement.