2021 GPC Policy and Motion Development Process
Editing and refining policy, amendment, and directive ideas
G21-P030 National Seniors Strategy
The GPC advocates the development and implementation of an evidence-based National Seniors Strategy to create an organized and concerted focus on seniors' wellbeing across all domains throughout the ageing experience with consistent standards across the nation.
To provide a policy framework for addressing seniors’ needs. Recent events show Canada is much in need of a coordinated and concerted focus on seniors' wellbeing throughout the ageing experience. Governments and international organizations create strategies and action plans to articulate a vision or steps in response to a major issue.
This pandemic has taught us as a country that no one single organization or government can “fix” seniors’ issues. Only by truly working together in a multi-sectoral approach can we leverage the creativity of individuals, the compassion of caregivers, the power of communities, the expertise of professionals, and the impact of organizations.
Supporting Comments from Submitter:
Even before the pandemic, many well-respected national organizations such as those listed below have identified the need for a national strategy for seniors. The Prime Minister has now appointed a Minister of Seniors but has not included the development of such a strategy in her mandate letter.
Canada Still Needs a National Seniors Strategy - National Institute on Ageing (2020). An Evidence Informed National Seniors Strategy for Canada - Third Edition. Toronto, ON: National Institute on Ageing.
VOICES of Canada’s Seniors: A Roadmap to an Age-Inclusive Canada (August 2020). CanAge – Canada's National Seniors' Advocacy Organization.
The State of Seniors Health Care in Canada (September, 2016). Canadian Medical Association.
Seniors Care — The Council of Canadians.
Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health (2017). World Health Organization.
Social Justice, Respect for Diversity.
Relation to Existing Policy:
Add to current GPC policy.
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