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More than 8 in 10 of all COVID-19 deaths in Canada are linked to long-term care homes—nearly twice as high as other developed nations.  The status quo is unacceptable.

Long-term care in Canada needs to be re-built from the ground up, with home and community care as the foundation.

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COVID-19 has hit Canada’s seniors with a slew of out-of-pocket expenses, from premiums on groceries to triple the cost for dispensing fees on prescription medications.

CARP is urging the federal government to address the financial concerns of seniors.

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Seniors across Canada are dying every year from highly preventable illnesses We know that taking a proactive approach to preventative health care is the best way to ensure seniors live longer lives at home, where they want to be.

CARP is demanding that best-in-class vaccines for seniors be publicly funded, and easily accessible, in all provinces and territories.

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Current laws don’t protect pensioners, leaving many seniors destitute should their former employers declare bankruptcy.

CARP is collaborating with the National Pensioners Federation and Canadian Federation of Pensioners, calling for MP’s to create a solution to safeguard defined benefit pensions for retirees.

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Seniors who have RRIFs are concerned about their retirement savings due to declining markets and projected losses for an extended and unpredictable period of time. This issue is compounded by the fact that seniors are living longer than ever before, and many depend on their RRIF to provide sustained income throughout their later years. Seniors deserve to be in control of their retirement savings, especially during a global crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.

CARP is calling for mandatory RRIF withdrawals to be waived for 2020.

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Message from our Chief Policy Officer

National Seniors Day was incredible, but it will take more than one day of action to make things right

Last week C.A.R.P. (now spelled with extra punctuation) honoured National Seniors Day with our trademark grandeur, inviting a panel of some of the most well-known and influential names in Canada (including the Prime Minister and federal Seniors Minister) to recognize the contributions of seniors in communities across the country (read more here).

While we had Canada’s attention, we also took the opportunity to remember the more than 7,500 vulnerable residents who have lost their lives in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic—a travesty that is made all the more tragic by the fact that it didn’t need to happen. 

It was inspiring, dynamic and powerful—but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Keeping seniors top of mind in the realm of public policy is a year-round full-time job, meaning C.A.R.P. never sleeps—luckily, the same can’t be said for the members of our passionate team!

Thankfully, the real impact of our advocacy keeps us going. Just this month, we saw sweeping announcements of newly-expanded vaccination programs, bringing the best-in-class high-dose flu shot to more seniors than ever. This has been a key pillar of our advocacy for years, and C.A.R.P. has been credited for making this long overdue change finally happen.

We also succeeded in scoring seniors their well-deserved representation in the recent Speech from the Throne (read our reaction to the speech here) on the heels of two strongly-worded letters C.A.R.P. sent to Prime Minister Trudeau as parliament resumed its activities. We reminded him that older people have the power to move mountains at the polls and that, in planning our economic recovery, their needs must be reflected with due urgency; starting with his party’s promise to increase OAS and CPP (read the first letter here). 

We followed this up with an urgent plea for home and community care to be placed at the epicenter of the solution to fixing long-term care, empowering as many of us as possible to age safely in place (read the second letter here).

While the world doesn’t change overnight, we see the results of our hard work, and your invaluable support, every day.

Thank you for being part of our mission to make Canada a great place to get older.

Here’s to seniors everywhere.

Warm Regards,

– Bill VanGorder, Chief Policy Officer (pro tem)

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