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National seniors strategy needed: MP Blaney

CAMPBELL RIVER, BC – The country needs a holistic plan to help seniors. 

North Island-Powell River MP and Seniors Affairs Critic Rachel Blaney says the Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement payments increased, but the combined increases only come up to an extra $12-$16 a month. 

She says seniors aren’t impressed.

“Does this government really think that $12-$16 a month is going to make a significant difference in the lives of seniors? That doesn’t even cover a typical annual rent or property tax increase in Canada, which means that most seniors will have a harder time making ends meet than before. We know that poverty amongst seniors in Canada is on the rise, and $16 won’t fix that,” Blaney said. 

She adds the housing crisis is impacting seniors across the country, and the lack of accessible housing is a challenge to many of them. Wait times for long-term care facilities are also being affected, stretching into years. 

Lack of housing is pushing prices up, and she says seniors’ incomes aren’t keeping pace. 

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She says the government should be prepared to deal with Canada’s changing demographics and the higher number of seniors. 

“We need a holistic plan for the present and future. A National Seniors Strategy will ensure that we are taking proper care of those who made this beautiful country what it is today.”

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