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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

Canada’s political powers seem to forget who sets the course of our elections. Let’s remind them.

The older vote holds the power to swing our country from one side of the political spectrum to the other. This influence has never been more important than it is now as COVID-19 maintains its foothold threatening seniors across Canada, and as all levels of government continue to fall short in their responses.

A clear strategy to support ageing in place, well-staffed care homes with clear national standards for accountability, fully-funded vaccines recommended for older adults—our Members are demanding more than the piecemeal approach taken by politicians in their fight against COVID-19. Our current federal government appears to have forgotten that they were voted in partly on the back of a promise to increase OAS and CPP; a move that has yet to be made and which has the potential to change the lives of our lower income seniors. 

We won’t allow them to stay “asleep at the wheel” of our country. In the lead up to our next elections, it’s time provincial and federal governments wake up to the truth that older people, our country’s strongest voting bloc, demand better. On our side, we’re working with Elections Canada to ensure our Members can safely get out to vote, wherever they are.

In other news, we’re planning to host Canada’s largest ever virtual meeting of seniors in honour of National Seniors Day on October 1st! We invite you to save your “virtual seat” now, as it promises to be an exciting and inspiring conversation around the issues that matter to you.

Lastly, congratulations to our seniors for being the best age group at preventing the spread of COVID-19! Older people are leaders in their communities, and it’s encouraging to see them receiving recognition for respecting the health and safety of others.

Thank you to all of you for welcoming me into my new role with CARP, and for your continued support.Warm Regards,

– Bill VanGorder, Chief Policy Officer (pro tem)

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