November 14, 2017
Every person in Northwestern Ontario and across the province should benefit from the opportunities that Ontario has to offer, no matter their age. That’s why the province is taking action to make sure that all seniors are able to access the support they need at every stage of their life.
Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, and Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North are proud to announce the Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The plan empowers people to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to their care, their independence and how they access government services — whether that’s finding ways to keep up an active lifestyle or getting the support needed to live at home longer.
The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years — and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for as long as possible and staying connected through social, recreational and volunteer activities. To ensure communities like Thunder Bay are ready for the changing realities of an aging population, the plan also substantially expands the number of long-term care (LTC) beds across the province, while increasing staffing levels and support for LTC home residents.
The new action plan offers:
Helping seniors live their best life is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation.
“Our Government continues to work hard to support seniors living in Northwestern Ontario by continually monitoring, and improving, supports and services to meet their needs. Ontario’s new action plan will make sure that seniors are well supported at all stages of their lives. I’m proud of this investment and what it will mean for our seniors who have worked so hard to build up and make our communities the great places to live in that they are."
–– Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
“Ontario’s new Aging with Confidence Action Plan recognizes the unique support our seniors require to live healthy, active, independent, and safe lives. Increasing support to services such as elder abuse protection, senior flu vaccines, and consumer protection for seniors will ensure that our seniors are better taken care of in our community. Ultimately, this plan will empower our seniors to live a lifestyle that best suits their needs.”
–– Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North
“My mom is 89 and my dad is 91 — so my family and I know, on a very personal level, how important it is to Ontario’s two million seniors, and their families and friends, that we empower older people to navigate this next phase of life with dignity and as much independence as possible. Through Aging With Confidence, we are doing our very best to help seniors continue to live life to the fullest as part of Ontario’s healthy and vibrant communities.”
–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Over the last year I’ve travelled across the province meeting a diverse array of seniors, who are as vibrant as the province itself. Aging with Confidence is a broad plan to support seniors at all stages of life. Seniors have spent a lifetime contributing to their communities and to the economy. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that their changing needs are met.”
— Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs
“After a lifetime of working hard and building Ontario up to the thriving society it is today, we owe it to Ontario seniors to support healthy aging and ensure they enjoy a high quality of life. By investing in the health care services and supports that ensure seniors stay independent, healthy and active, all of Ontario will continue to benefit from the tremendous knowledge, compassion and experience that seniors have to share.”
–– Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Backgrounder on Aging With Confidence
Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors
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