Speech from the Throne promises wins for Canadian seniors

CanAge welcomes announcements made in yesterday’s Speech from the Throne, and the government’s commitments to older Canadians. We especially applaud proposed national standards for the long-term-care sector across the country, recognition of the need to have elder abuse and neglect included in the criminal code, a new Canadian disability benefit, and acceleration of universal pharmacare. “Older adults have been waiting for improvements particularly in LTC residences; unfortunately it took COVID-19 and hundreds of deaths to get federal attention,” says Laura Tamblyn Watts, CanAge president and CEO. Improvements were also proposed to tax filing, more support for personal support workers, and immigration to the aged care sector.

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