CARP is Canada’s largest agency for older Canadians. CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from ageism.
“I volunteer because I see the need for our country to renew its democratic foundations, each and every day. Volunteerism keeps the government open, authentic, straightforward and trustworthy. What volunteering has taught me is that things don’t change in a flash. It takes time and perseverance to make things happen. CARP folks know volunteering doesn’t always show immediate results so CARP communities are in it for the long haul!” – CARP Volunteer, Terry Miller
CARP’s advocacy is a marathon rather than a sprint. We accomplish a great deal along the way.
How do we advocate?
We listen to members, volunteers, older Canadians. We also listen to the perspective of allied organisations and a diversity of experts. We talk about the issues that matter to older Canadians to the public, the media and the government. And we engage in advocacy campaigns and in governmental processes, like meeting with elected officials and speaking before committees and bill hearings.
Our advocacy work is through our national office, chapters, and YOU.
- Surveys and polls
- Online focus groups
- Chapter events
- CARP Action Newsletters
- Media releases and interviews
- Government Submissions and Open Letters
The reality is influencing public policy is complex, and rarely a linear process. Change happens through the negotiations amongst a range of stakeholders, including politicians, interest groups, advisers, bureaucrats, and others. But one of the most important factors in ensuring decision-makers listen to the perspective of older Canadians is ensuring that older Canadians themselves are speaking up.
According to the 2021 census, there are currently over 7 million seniors in Canada. The senior population is one of the fastest-growing age groups.
Not only are older Canadians a large and potentially powerful group in Canada, but federal and provincial policy-making that affects older Canadians is more important than ever.
Your Voice Matters.