Seniors Vote/Le Vote Des Aînés, a coalition of seniors’ groups, has called for increases in the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS) at 65 and a number of other changes in an open letter to federal and provincial finance ministers ahead of the upcoming federal budget. (Read the open letter here.)
Seniors Vote/Le Vote des Aînés calls on the federal government to:
- Work with provinces to increase the CPP
- Strengthen income support by
- Restoring the OAS eligibility age to 65 from 67
- Increase the exempt earnings band for GIS
- Increasing the amount of OAS and GIS for low-income seniors
- Increase income supports for low-income single older Canadians not yet eligible for OAS by creating an equivalent to the OAS spousal allowance
- Prohibit retroactive erosion of earned pension benefits
- Work with the provinces to create a national pharmacare plan, with an ultimate goal of first-dollar coverage for all Canadians
Work with the provinces to fund and set national home care standards to improve access, affordability, and quality of post-acute and chronic care, in the home and in the community, with particular focus on dementia care
- Increase financial support and provide workplace protection for caregivers
- Work with the provinces to ensure every Canadian has access to housing appropriate to need, including affordable and supportive housing, and assisted living services
- Address growing income inequality that affects Canadians of all ages
According to a recent CARP Poll, every one of the recommendations has the support of 90% of the nearly 2,000 respondents, most of whom would not benefit from the changes since they’ll take effect years in the future.
Seniors Vote/Le Vote des Aînés is endorsed by a nationwide group of national and regional seniors’, advocacy and professional associations, including the National Pensioners Federation, CARP, Réseau FADOQ, Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, International Federation on Aging, College of Family Physicians of Canada, retired teachers, university and college professors, public servants, police and health care workers.
Seniors Vote/Le Vote des Aînés will be looking for action in the upcoming federal budget to address the issues that individual groups in Seniors Vote/Le Vote des Aînés have already identified in pre-budget submissions. The joint letter compiles the issues common to those submissions.
This year’s federal election will be another opportunity for candidates to ask: “what do seniors want?” Seniors Vote/Le Vote des Aînés offers some answers on what seniors vote for ands how to get their votes. Statistics show seniors are the most avid voters.