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Q&A: The Liberal Plan for Seniors

Edmonton Senior News recently did a Question and Answer session with several staff members of the new federal government, focused on senior issues in Canada.

Edmonton Senior News recently did a Question and Answer session with several staff members of the new federal government, focused on senior issues in Canada.

Edmonton Senior News: What are the government's priorities for seniors?

Answer: "Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will work with the Minister of Finance to improve the income security of lower income seniors living alone by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) by 10 per cent, indexing Old Age Security (OAS) and GIS payments to a new Senior's Price Index, cancelling the increase in age of eligibility for OAS (65 to 67), and working with provinces and territories to ensure adequate and coordinated support programs to address seniors' poverty. The Minister will lead the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy in collaboration with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. The Minister will work with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour to fulfill the commitment to provide more generous and flexible leave for caregivers. In addition, the Minister will work with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities to develop a strategy to re-establish the federal government's role in supporting affordable housing, including prioritizing infrastructure investments in senior housing. Finally, the Minister will work with the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, as well as with provinces, territories and stakeholders, to develop a National Disabilities Act to eliminate systemic barriers and deliver equality of opportunity to all Canadians living with disabilities."

ESN: What is Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement? What changes can be expected?

A: Minister Duclos will work with the Minister of Finance to improve the income security of lower income seniors living alone by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) by ten percent, indexing Old Age Security (OAS) and GIS payments to a new Senior's Price Index, cancelling the increase in age of eligibility for OAS (65 to 67), and working with provinces and territories to ensure adequate and coordinated support programs to address seniors' poverty."