Thursday October I, 2015 is the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Seniors Vote which regroups more than 50 seniors’ organizations across Canada will be organizing events and rallies across the country.
On Parliament Hill In Ottawa at 10:45 AM on October 1 there will be a Seniors Vote rally to put forward the Seniors Vote demands.
Also in Fredericton at noon at City Hall on October 1
- 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
The National Pensioners Federation is taking a leadership role in organizing this rally.
Flag raising ceremonies will be also organized in locations across Canada by CARP on October 1. .