The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), addressed members of the Congress of National Seniors Organizations (CNSO) at their annual face-to-face in Ottawa. The Minister of State spoke about the importance of addressing the challenges and opportunities of demographic change.
“As our population ages, the ongoing contributions of older Canadians will be more important than ever to our economic and social fabrics,” said Minister of State Ablonczy. “That is why the federal government is committed to helping seniors remain active and engaged in their families, workplaces and communities.”
“Unprecedented demographic changes will have a big impact on the Canadian health, economic and social landscapes, but opportunities do exist,” said Ms. Sylvia Ceacero, President of the CNSO. “The CNSO is eager to work with all levels of government to ensure that the voice of seniors is heard and that each aging Canadian has the right to grow old with dignity and in security.”
Minister of State Ablonczy spoke to representatives of CNSO member organizations from seniors’ groups across the country about the importance of these types of conferences in encouraging discussion and knowledge exchange on seniors’ issues. The Minister of State also highlighted several federal programs and initiatives that help seniors maintain a good quality of life and enhance their financial security.