MPP Michael Chan is pleased to share Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The plan empowers people to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to their care, their independence and how they access government services — whether that’s finding ways to keep up an active lifestyle or getting the support needed to live at home longer.
Every person in Markham-Unionville and across the province should benefit from the opportunities that Ontario has to offer, no matter their age. That’s why the province is taking action to make sure that all seniors are able to access the support they need at every stage of their life.
“With this new action plan, our government continues to demonstrate its leadership in implementing transformative and innovative policies and programs that make a huge difference in the lives of Ontarians. Our seniors have helped build the high quality of life we enjoy in Ontario and deserve every opportunity to benefit from the opportunities our province offers. Aging with Confidence is an unprecedented comprehensive strategy that focuses on the unique challenges faced by those in their twilight years and the families who care for them.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville
The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years — and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older.
Aging with Confidence focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for as long as possible and staying connected through social, recreational and volunteer activities. To ensure communities are ready for the changing realities of an aging population, the plan also substantially expands the number of long-term care (LTC) beds across the province, while increasing staffing levels and support for LTC home residents.
The new action plan offers:
Helping seniors live their best life is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation.
“My mom is 89 and my dad is 91 — so my family and I know, on a very personal level, how important it is to Ontario’s two million seniors, and their families and friends, that we empower older people to navigate this next phase of life with dignity and as much independence as possible. Through Aging with Confidence, we are doing our very best to help seniors continue to live life to the fullest as part of Ontario’s healthy and vibrant communities.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“Over the last year I’ve travelled across the province meeting a diverse array of seniors, who are as vibrant as the province itself. Aging with Confidence is a broad plan to support seniors at all stages of life. Seniors have spent a lifetime contributing to their communities and to the economy. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that their changing needs are met.”
— Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs
“After a lifetime of working hard and building Ontario up to the thriving society it is today, we owe it to Ontario seniors to support healthy aging and ensure they enjoy a high quality of life. By investing in the health care services and supports that ensure seniors stay independent, healthy and active, all of Ontario will continue to benefit from the tremendous knowledge, compassion and experience that seniors have to share.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
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