National Seniors Strategy

Below you will find information from each political party based on their statements, announcements and platforms, as they relate to our key questions on retirement income securitya National Seniors Strategy. We have also included information on healthcare-focused announcements that are important to our members and older Canadians. We will update this information during the remainder of the campaign with any relevant new information – so check back often! This page was last updated October 3, 2019

The parties and their platforms are listed alphabetically. Here’s what the parties are promising on a National Seniors Strategy:

Check out our 1-page document on this important issue for our key questions and more background information.

 

Bloc Québecois (BQ)

  • To date no specific announcements on a National Seniors Strategy have been made.

  • Other BQ platform announcements may address some aspects of a Seniors Strategy, including commitments to:

    • Make the Caregiver Tax Credit refundable.

    • Replicate the Quebec model of calculating and granting tax credits for home care expenses to make it automatic.

    • Increase the Canada Health Transfer to 6 per cent per year to reach a level equivalent to at least 25% of Quebec’s health expenditures in this area and consider the aging population is in Health Transfer calculations.

    • Tax credits for intergenerational housing energy efficient renovations, multigenerational residences and other renovations to allow people with declining independence to stay at home.

Source: Le Québec, c’est nous. Plateforme Politique du Bloc Québécois :
https://www.blocquebecois.org/2019/09/lancement-de-campagne-du-bloc-quebecois-le-quebec-cest-nous-yves-francois-blanchet/

 

Conservative Party of Canada (CPC)

  • To date no specific announcements on a National Seniors Strategy have been made.
     
  • Other CPC platform announcements may address some aspects of a Seniors Strategy, including commitments to:
    • Include a minister of seniors at the Cabinet table from day one.
    • Invest $1.5 billion to replace and purchase new MRI and CT machines.
    • Maintain and increase the current funding formula for the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer by three per cent per year.

Sources:

Andrew Scheer to invest $1.5 billion to replace and purchase new MRI and CT machines.
https://www.conservative.ca/andrew-scheer-to-invest-1-5-billion-to-replace-and-purchase-new-mri-and-ct-machines/

Scheer vows to increase health, social transfers annually if Tories form government.
https://ipolitics.ca/2019/08/02/scheer-vows-to-increase-health-social-transfers-annually-if-tories-form-government/

 

Green Party of Canada (GPC)

  • Support innovative home-sharing plans and other measures to allow people to stay in their own homes as long as possible. Create more long-term care beds in neighbourhood facilities.

  • Collaborate with health professionals and provincial/territorial governments to develop and fund a national dementia strategy.

  • Other Green platform announcements may address some aspects of a Seniors Strategy, including commitments to:

    • Restore the federal/provincial Health Accord, basing health transfers on demographics and real health care needs in each province.

    • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, reduction in wait times, and other improvements.

    • Expand Medicare to include free dental care for low-income Canadians.

Source: Honest. Ethical. Caring Leadership. Green Party Election Platform 2019.
https://www.greenparty.ca/sites/default/files/platform_2019_en_web_-_update_sep17.pdf

 

Liberal Party of Canada (LPC)

  • To date no specific announcements on a National Seniors Strategy have been made.

  • Other Liberal platform announcements may address some aspects of a Seniors Strategy, including commitments to:

    • Invest $6-billion over the next four years to improve access to a family doctor or primary health care team, set national standards are for access to mental health services, continue to improve access to homecare and palliative care and implement national pharmacare, negotiated in collaboration with the provinces and territories.  

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    • Develop a national definition of elder abuse, invest in better data collection and law enforcement, and set new penalties in the Criminal Code relating to elder abuse.

Source: Forward: A Real Plan for the Middle Class. 
https://2019.liberal.ca/our-platform/?utm_source=2019.liberal.ca&utm_medium=platform-casgrain

 

New Democratic Party (NDP)

  • Will lead a National Seniors Strategy that will work with the provinces, territories and Indigenous governments to make seniors health care a priority, reduce isolation, and tackle seniors’ poverty.

  • Includes a funded dementia strategy and an elder abuse prevention plan developed with seniors to put an end to abuse and neglect in our communities.

  • Will make the Canada Caregiver Tax Credit refundable.

  • Committed to affordable housing, including accessible housing that will increase choices for seniors.

  • Address seniors’ social isolation by working with communities and cities to make transit more affordable and convenient, create more community recreation spaces, and support innovative housing solutions like intergenerational co-housing.

  • Will work with provincial partners, health professionals and dentist to develop a roadmap to include dental care in the Canada Health Act.

  • Other NDP platform announcements may address aspects of a Seniors Strategy, including commitments to:

    • Work collaboratively with patients, caregivers, and provincial and territorial governments to develop national care standards for home care and long-term care that will be amended into the Canada Health Act. This includes determining a core basket of home care services that will be available and covered by provincial insurance plans.

    • Will work with the provinces to develop and support violence protection strategies to protect front-line staff and ensure a safe working environment.

Source: A New Deal for People. New Democrats’ Commitments To You.
https://action.ndp.ca/page/-/2019/Q2/2019-06-19_Commitments-Doc_EN.pdf