Letter to Minister Ambrose

Honourable Rona Ambrose Federal Minister of Health Room 613, East Block Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Ambrose,

On behalf of the Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC), I would like to extend our appreciation to you for your commitment to developing a National Dementia Strategy with the goal of improving care for seniors across the country.

CALTC is a national organization representing long term care providers that deliver publicly-funded health care services for seniors across Canada. CALTC members deliver quality care to Canada’s most vulnerable seniors each day, as well as deliver home support services and care for younger disabled adults.

According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, currently almost 15% of Canadians aged 65 and older (approximately 750,000 total) are living with some form of cognitive impairment. As we experience the aging of Canada’s “baby boomer” population, we can expect this number to continue to increase. By 2031, it is expected that 1.4 million Canadians will be living with dementia, demonstrating the urgent need for a National Dementia Strategy.

As experts in continuing care and seniors’ issues across Canada, CALTC is eager for an opportunity to meet with you to discuss how we can work with you to help you achieve your goals.

Thank you again for your commitment to advancing the delivery of safe, quality care for seniors across the country. We look forward to working with you on the development of this strategy.

Sincerely,

Candace Chartier
Board Chair
Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care

Cc:
Hon. Steve Kent, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Health and Community Services Hon. Doug Currie, Prince Edward Island Minister of Health and Wellness
Hon. Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Wellness
Hon. Hugh Flemming, Q.C., New Brunswick Minister of Health and Attorney General
Mr. Gaétan Barrette, Québec Minister of Health and Social Services
Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
Ms. Erin Selby, Manitoba Minister of Health
Hon. Dustin Duncan, Saskatchewan Minister of Health
Hon. Stephen Mandel, Alberta Minister of Health
Hon. Terry Lake, British Columbia Minister of Health
Hon. Doug Graham, Yukon Minister of Health and Social Services
Mr. Glen Abernethy, Northwest Territories Minister of Health and Social Services
Hon. Monica Ell, Nunavut Minister of Health