Government of Canada Establishes October 1 National Seniors Day

The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State (Seniors), is happy to announce that Canadians now have an official day to celebrate seniors. Bill C‑40, An Act to establish National Seniors Day, introduced by Minister of State Ablonczy, received Royal Assent on November 18, 2010. Through this legislation, October 1 is recognized as National Seniors Day.

“Our government is proud to pay tribute to the significant contributions seniors continue to make in communities across Canada through their experience, expertise and knowledge,” said Minister of State Ablonczy. “Older Canadians have given so much to our families, our communities, our workplaces and our country. October 1 is our opportunity to celebrate those contributions and to show our appreciation.”

Establishing National Seniors Day fulfills a Government of Canada commitment made in the 2010 Speech from the Throne. National Seniors Day will be celebrated every year on October 1. This date coincides with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, and is an opportunity for Canadians to show their appreciation for the contributions of seniors to our country’s past, present and future.

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