Pull of the Tide
In July of this year, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed the Honourable Minister Filomena Tassi to lead the new Ministry of Seniors, so that the federal government ensures that programs and services for seniors are responsive and leading, for Canada’s seniors population. The minister’s mandate letter is here https://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-seniors-mandate-letter-august-28-2018.
Highlights of Minister Tassi’s mandate that I believe are of particular interest and relevance to our community are:
- Maintain a strong foundation for seniors programming. As you know, funding from New Horizons for Seniors provides support for the Community Resource Centre, the Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre and the Pender Harbour Legion. New Horizons for Seniors is an important program that recognizes the vital contribution of community organizations dedicated to seniors.
- Strengthen the protection of workplace pensions. Several groups and individuals have expressed concern with regard to recent company insolvencies and the security of pension, wage and benefit entitlements for workers and retirees. Ongoing consultation on retirement security runs until December 21, 2018. Please find further information from the consultation paper here https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/116.nsf/eng/00001.html.
- Engage in addressing dementia. The Sunshine Coast Seniors Planning Table is very helpful in connecting federal policy development with the community and I look forward to facilitating this vital role.
- Ensure seniors’ housing needs are reflected in the implementation of the National Housing Strategy. Our government has signed a bilateral agreement with the province of British Columbia which will result in the provision of additional affordable housing and a reduction in homelessness.
- Contribute to the implementation of a national pharmacare policy. We have consistently raised our interest in national pharmacare and I welcome your ongoing contributions to this important initiative.
I would like to recognize the incredible work of the Sunshine Coast Seniors Planning Table, which is managed by the Community Resource Centre. It brings together a broad range of organizations engaged on seniors’ advocacy and issues. I have presented the Age Friendly Plan, which the planning table produced, to Minister Tassi as an outstanding example of efficacy in engaging at the local level, planning across local organizations, and implementing effective solutions for seniors.
I have invited Minister Tassi to visit us on the Sunshine Coast, to share with us her mandate, her vision and her ideas for how we can contribute to the success of the Ministry of Seniors.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to one and all.
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