Here's Why The Ontario Government Is Consulting with Seniors and Caregivers In Mississauga
Many seniors face challenges accessing programs and services that support their safety, mental and physical health, and overall well-being.
Seniors want to remain active in age-friendly communities that are open to their full participation. Most seniors want to live independently, at home for as long as they can, working, volunteering, learning, shopping or travelling.
Ontario’s government will be holding consultations to hear from seniors, caregivers and organizations on how the province can support its ageing population.
During Seniors Month, the government will be holding targeted consultation sessions at Seniors Active Living Centres across Ontario, which includes the ones in Mississauga. The consultations will run for six weeks.
“Supporting our seniors is about investing in our own futures - everyone should be able to age strong, in an Ontario that is open to all,” said Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho.
Seniors are the fastest growing demographic in Ontario. According to current estimates, the senior’s population will grow to over three million by 2023 - that is about 400,000 more seniors than today.
This change in Ontario’s demographics will cause new fundamental challenges for the province.
To ensure that Ontarians have an opportunity to participate, the government has launched an online survey. Feedback from the consultations and online survey will help form a strategy to help seniors age at home and in communities while remaining healthy, active and socially engaged lives. The government also wants to make sure seniors stay safe and participate in the labour market and economy.
The government expects to announce the government-wide seniors’ strategy this fall.
“We are moving forward with our commitment to developing a cross-government strategy to do what’s right for Ontario’s ageing population while growing jobs and the economy. We want to hear from seniors, the people who care for them, and the organizations who support them,” said Cho.
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