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Update from Canada’s Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera // Mise à jour de la ministre des Aînés du Canada, Kamal Khera:

Update from Canada’s Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera

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Hello,

As Canada’s Minister of Seniors, I am committed to working hard on your behalf. The Prime Minister set out clear priorities for me in his mandate letter, and I am prepared to roll up my sleeves and deliver results. My immediate priorities are to help improve seniors’ financial security, to support the Minister of Health in improving the quality and availability of long-term care and to help seniors who want to age at home. I am equally committed to ensuring seniors are connected, supported and active members of their communities through the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

One-time payment to Guaranteed Income Supplement and Allowance recipients who also received the CERB or the CRB in 2020
The Government of Canada recognizes that some Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and Allowance recipients are now facing lower benefit payments this year because of the income they received from pandemic benefits. To support these vulnerable seniors, the Government has proposed a one-time payment to GIS and Allowance recipients who received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) in 2020. This one-time payment would help offset the reduction of their GIS or Allowance benefits. Payment would be made automatically, without the need to apply.

CPP adjustment and OAS benefit increase for 2022
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is adjusted for inflation once per year. This month, CPP benefits in pay are increasing by 2.7% for the year 2022. The new CPP maximum monthly amounts for 2022 can be found online.

Also this month, Old Age Security (OAS) benefits are increasing by 1.1% for the first quarter of 2022. That’s a maximum increase of $6.99 per month for the OAS pension. Monthly OAS benefit amounts for January to March are now online.

If you receive pension benefits from the Quebec Pension Plan, information is available online.

Reminder: Protect yourself with a COVID-19 booster vaccine
A complete primary COVID-19 vaccine series continues to provide very good protection against serious illness for most people. Over time, protection from the primary series can decrease. An mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster dose will help provide continued protection from severe disease. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) strongly recommends that people over 50 years of age get a booster dose. NACI also recommends that all adults 18 to 49 years of age as well as youth 12 to 17 years of age who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes consider a booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for additional protection. The booster should be administered at least six months from the last dose of the primary vaccine series. Learn more about current NACI booster recommendations at Vaccines for COVID-19: How to get vaccinated – Canada.ca.

You can contact a health care provider or your local public health authority for more information on eligibility and how to book an appointment.

As a reminder, public health and individual protective measures help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in our communities. This includes wearing a well-fitted and well-constructed face mask in public or in private spaces with people outside your immediate household, avoiding large crowds, maintaining proper hand hygiene and improving ventilation.

Managing Social Isolation
Supporting the health and well-being of seniors is a priority for the Government of Canada. Far too many seniors are facing isolation during the pandemic. That is why it is more important than ever to stay active and reach out to others.

While we must respect public heath guidelines, there are many ways we can use technology to stay connected, such as texting or video calls. We can also use more traditional communications like handwritten letters or a phone call.

In addition to staying in touch with others, you can combat social isolation by joining an online group or class based on a shared interest. You could also adopt a pet or try your hand at an enjoyable and creative activity like painting or writing.

Check to see if your community offers specific services or programs and don’t hesitate to ask a friend or family member for help if you need it.

Useful links

Nominate a senior volunteer for Canada’s Volunteer Awards
Canada’s Volunteer Awards recognize individuals who make a difference through volunteering. Nominations will be accepted until March 4, 2022. For more information on how to nominate a deserving senior volunteer, click here.

COVID-19 global travel advisory
The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada.

If you must travel, you need to continue to submit your mandatory information in ArriveCAN before arriving in Canada. This is mandatory for everyone.

  • ArriveCAN is available to download as a free mobile app on your smartphone or you can access it on the website at Canada.ca/arrivecan.
  • If you don’t have a smartphone or don’t have mobile data, you can sign on the website through any computing device (computer, laptop, and tablet). You can also ask another person for help, such as a friend or relative, to submit your information. Travellers should print or take a screenshot of their ArriveCAN receipt and take it with them when they travel.
  • ArriveCAN is the only official Government of Canada platform to provide your mandatory contact, travel and health information before entering Canada.

All travellers arriving by air should expect to test on arrival. To speed up the process, register before you arrive in Canada with the testing provider for your airport of arrival. To pre-register go to travel.gc.ca/testing.

Remember to also register your trip with the Registration of Canadians abroad so that we can notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest.

Useful links

Black History Month
Black history is an important part of Canadian history, and the annual Black History Month campaign in February is an opportunity to increase awareness and to honour the important contributions Black Canadians and their communities have made to the settlement, growth and development of Canada over the course of its history. The theme of this year’s Black History Month is February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day, where we focus on the contributions that Black Canadians have made and continue to make to this country each and every single day.

Wishing you all a safe winter season.

Sincerely,

Kamal Khera
Minister of Seniors
Canada.ca/seniors

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Mise à jour de la ministre des Aînés du Canada, Kamal Khera

Bonjour,

À titre de ministre des Aînés du Canada, je m’engage à travailler sans relâche en votre nom. Le premier ministre a défini des priorités claires pour moi dans sa lettre de mandat, et je suis prête à retrousser mes manches pour obtenir des résultats. Mes priorités immédiates sont de contribuer à améliorer la sécurité financière des aînés, d’aider le ministre de la Santé à améliorer la qualité et la disponibilité des soins de longue durée et d’aider les aînés qui veulent vieillir chez eux. Je suis également déterminée à faire en sorte que les aînés entretiennent des liens, obtiennent du soutien et soient des membres actifs de leur communauté grâce au programme Nouveaux Horizons pour les aînés.

Paiement unique aux bénéficiaires du Supplément de revenu garanti et de l’Allocation qui ont également reçu la PCU ou la PCRE en 2020
Le gouvernement du Canada reconnaît que certains bénéficiaires du Supplément de revenu garanti (SRG) et de l’Allocation reçoivent maintenant des versements de prestations moins élevés cette année à cause du revenu qu’ils ont tiré des prestations liées à la pandémie. Pour soutenir ces aînés vulnérables, le gouvernement a proposé un paiement unique aux bénéficiaires du SRG et de l’Allocation qui ont reçu la Prestation canadienne d’urgence (PCU) ou la Prestation canadienne de la relance économique (PCRE) en 2020. Ce paiement unique permettrait de compenser la réduction de leur SRG ou de leur Allocation. Le paiement se ferait automatiquement, sans qu’il soit nécessaire de faire une demande.

Ajustement du RPC et augmentation des prestations de la SV pour 2022
Le Régime de pensions du Canada (RPC) est ajusté pour tenir compte de l’inflation une fois par an. Ce mois-ci, les prestations du RPC en cours de versement augmentent de 2,7 % pour l’année 2022. Les nouveaux montants mensuels maximums du RPC pour 2022 peuvent être consultés en ligne.

Ce mois-ci également, les prestations de la Sécurité de la vieillesse (SV) augmentent de 1,1 % pour le premier trimestre de 2022. Cela représente une augmentation maximale de 6,99 $ par mois pour la pension de la SV. Les montants des prestations mensuelles de la SV pour les mois de janvier à mars sont maintenant disponibles en ligne.

Si vous recevez des prestations de retraite du Régime de rentes du Québec, des renseignements sont disponibles en ligne.

N’oubliez pas: Protégez-vous avec un vaccin de rappel contre la COVID-19
Une série complète de vaccins primaires contre la COVID-19 continue d’offrir une très bonne protection contre les formes graves de la maladie pour la plupart des gens. Avec le temps, la protection conférée par la série primaire peut diminuer. Une dose de rappel d’un vaccin à ARNm contre la COVID-19 contribuera à assurer une protection continue contre les formes graves de la maladie. Ainsi, le Comité consultatif national de l’immunisation (CCNI) recommande fortement aux personnes de plus de 50 ans de recevoir une dose de rappel. Le CCNI recommande également à tous les adultes de 18 à 49 ans ainsi qu’aux jeunes de 12 à 17 ans qui présentent un risque élevé de développer une forme grave de la COVID-19 d’envisager de recevoir une dose de rappel d’un vaccin à ARNm contre la COVID-19 pour une protection supplémentaire. La dose de rappel doit être administrée au moins six mois après la dernière dose de la série de vaccins primaires. Renseignez-vous sur les recommandations actuelles du CCNI au sujet des doses de rappel sur le site Vaccination contre la COVID-19 : Comment se faire vacciner – Canada.ca.

Vous pouvez communiquer avec un fournisseur de soins de santé ou avec les autorités locales de santé publique pour en savoir plus sur l’admissibilité aux vaccins et sur la façon de prendre un rendez-vous.

Nous vous rappelons que les mesures de santé publique et de protection individuelle contribuent à réduire la propagation de la COVID-19 et de ses variants dans nos communautés. Il s’agit notamment de porter un masque de qualité bien ajusté dans les lieux publics et dans les lieux privés lorsqu’on se trouve avec des personnes d’un autre foyer, d’éviter les grandes foules, de maintenir une bonne hygiène des mains et d’améliorer la ventilation.

Gestion de l’isolement social
Le gouvernement du Canada juge qu’il est prioritaire d’appuyer la santé et le bien‑être des aînés. Un trop grand nombre d’entre eux se retrouvent isolés pendant la pandémie. Par conséquent, il est plus important que jamais de participer à des activités et de tendre la main aux autres.

Puisque nous sommes tenus de respecter les directives de santé publique, nous pouvons utiliser les technologies à notre disposition pour garder le contact, notamment les textos et les appels vidéo. N’oublions pas non plus les moyens de communications plus traditionnels, comme les lettres manuscrites et les appels téléphoniques.

Pour lutter contre l’isolement social, vous pouvez non seulement rester en contact avec les autres, mais aussi vous inscrire à un groupe ou à un cours en ligne lié à vos champs d’intérêt. Vous pouvez également adopter un animal de compagnie ou pratiquer une activité créative qui vous plaît, comme la peinture ou l’écriture.

Vérifiez si votre communauté offre des services et des programmes particuliers, et n’hésitez pas à demander l’aide d’un ami ou d’un membre de votre famille au besoin.

Liens utiles

Présentez la candidature d’un aîné bénévole aux Prix pour le bénévolat du Canada
Les Prix pour le bénévolat du Canada récompensent les personnes qui changent les choses grâce au bénévolat. Les candidatures aux Prix pour le bénévolat du Canada seront acceptées jusqu’au 4 mars 2022. Pour plus d’information sur la manière de présenter la candidature d’un aîné bénévole méritant, cliquez ici.

Avertissement aux voyageurs internationaux relativement à la COVID-19
L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada conseille à tous les voyageurs, quel que soit leur statut vaccinal, d’éviter tout voyage non essentiel à l’extérieur du Canada.

Si vous devez voyager, vous devez continuer à soumettre vos renseignements obligatoires dans ArriveCAN avant d’arriver au Canada. C’est obligatoire pour tous.

  • ArriveCAN peut être téléchargée en tant qu’application mobile gratuite sur votre téléphone intelligent et vous pouvez également y accéder sur le site Web à l’adresse Canada.ca/arrivecan.
  • Si vous n’avez pas de téléphone intelligent ou de plan de données mobiles, vous pouvez soumettre vos renseignements sur le site Web au moyen de n’importe quel appareil informatique (ordinateur, portable, tablette). Vous pouvez aussi demander à une autre personne, comme un ami ou un parent, de vous aider à soumettre vos renseignements. Les voyageurs doivent imprimer leur reçu d’ArriveCAN ou en faire une capture d’écran et l’emporter avec eux lorsqu’ils voyagent.
  • ArriveCAN est la seule plateforme officielle du gouvernement du Canada vous permettant de fournir vos renseignements obligatoires (coordonnées, renseignements sur votre voyage et votre santé) avant d’entrer au Canada.

Tous les voyageurs arrivant par avion doivent s’attendre à subir un test de dépistage à l’arrivée. Pour accélérer la procédure, inscrivez-vous avant votre arrivée au Canada auprès du fournisseur de tests de votre aéroport d’arrivée. Pour vous inscrire à l’avance, rendez-vous sur voyage.gc.ca/depistage.

N’oubliez pas de vous inscrire sur la liste des Canadiens à l’étranger afin que nous puissions vous aviser en cas d’urgence à l’étranger ou d’urgence personnelle au pays. Ce service vous permet également de recevoir des renseignements importants avant ou pendant une catastrophe naturelle ou une période d’agitation civile.

Liens utiles

Mois de l’histoire des Noirs
L’histoire des Noirs occupe une place importante dans l’histoire du Canada, et le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, qui est souligné tous les ans en février, donne l’occasion de faire connaître et de célébrer les importantes contributions des Canadiens noirs et de leurs communautés à la création, à la croissance et au développement du Canada au fil de son histoire. Cette année, le thème du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs est En février et en tout temps : Célébrons l’histoire des communautés noires aujourd’hui et tous les jours; tout au long du mois, nous nous concentrerons sur les contributions que les Canadiens noirs ont apportées et continuent d’apporter à ce pays chaque jour.

Nous vous souhaitons à tous une saison hivernale sûre.

Veuillez agréer mes sincères salutations.

Kamal Khera
Ministre des Aînés
Canada.ca/Aînés

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LIST OF OUR NEW CABINET MINISTERS.

Chrystia Freeland : Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

Omar Alghabra: Minister of Transport

Anita Anand: Minister of National Defence

Carolyn Bennett: Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

Marie-Claude Bibeau: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Bill Blair: President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness

Randy Boissonnault: Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance

François-Philippe Champagne: Minister of Innovation, Science and Commerce

Jean-Yves Duclos : Minister of Health

Jean-Yves Duclos and family members arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Mona Fortier: President of the Treasury Board

Sean Fraser: Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Karina Gould: Minister of Families, Children and Social Development 

Steven Guilbeault: Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Patty Hajdu: Minister of Indigenous Services and minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario

Mark Holland: Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Ahmed Hussen: Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

Gudie Hutchings: Minister of Rural and Economic Development

Marci Ien: Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth

Helena Jaczek: Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Mélanie Joly: Minister of Foreign Affairs

Kamal Khera: Minister of Seniors

David Lametti: Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Dominic LeBlanc: Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

Diane Lebouthillier: Minister of National Revenue

Lawrence MacAulay: Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Marco Mendicino: Minister of Public Safety

Marc Miller: Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations 

Joyce Murray: Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Mary Ng: Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Seamus O’Regan: Minister of Labour

Ginette Petitpas Taylor: Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Carla Qualtrough: Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Pablo Rodriguez: Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant

Harjit Sajjan: Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

Pascale St-Onge: Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec

Filomena Tassi: Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Dan Vandal: Minister of Northern Affairs; Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, and minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Jonathan Wilkinson: Minister of Natural Resources

Health questions to ask your Liberal candidates in British Columbia – Seniors want to know.

 

UPDATE Ask Your Candidate

Will you get candidates on the record to demand action on health care?

September 20 is Election Day in Canada with advance polling starting on September 10.

As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the importance of universal health care as a public good for all regardless of income, age, immigration status, or where we live. Unfortunately, our public health care system does not meet everyone’s needs. This is the result of years of underfunding and attack from private interests. We need a federal government who will commit to improving and defending the public health care system we all rely on.

 

Please click here to find information about some of the most important issues in health care this election, including a list of questions you can ask candidates.


TAKE ACTION

All Candidates Meeting on Seniors’ Issues

Join us and our partners on September 13th at 7PM for a virtual town hall meeting with federal candidates from the ridings of Vancouver Granville and Vancouver South. This event is jointly hosted by Jewish Seniors Alliance, Marpole Oakridge Family Place, South Vancouver Seniors Network, South Granville Seniors Centre, COSCO BC, and BC Health Coalition. Register here

BC Government Paid Sick Leave Survey

With the BC Government’s commitment to introduce a provincial paid sick leave program and federal election promises of implementing similar federal programs, what happens in BC could form the blueprint of a paid sick benefit for all Canadians. We strongly encourage all workers to participate in BC Government’s Paid Sick Leave Survey by September 14th.


OPINION All parties in this pandemic election should agree on one big issue – national pharmacare

“For many Canadians, these costs are such a burden that they avoid taking the medicines they need. A poll from the Angus Reid Institute last October found that one in four Canadian households struggles financially to fill prescriptions. The problem is more acute among women, racialized Canadians, Indigenous people and young people”.

Read this op-ed by Beatrice Bruske, Doug Roth and Linda Silas.


PUBLIC HEALTH NEWS, UPDATES, & RESOURCES

    • Speak up for migrant rights this election! Migrants in BC and nationally face multiple barriers in accessing the public health care system. During the pandemic, they have been unable to access vaccines and COVID treatment. Let’s call for all the parties in this election to promise that all migrants must have access to universal healthcare immediately, regardless of immigration status. Read more HERE.
    • Make Revera Public MP Challenge. This non-partisan campaign urges all political leaders, and especially incumbent federal MPs and candidates, to join the growing movement to “Make Revera Public”, and to support the phasing out of all for-profit long-term care. Read more HERE.
    • Long-term care improvements would cost $13.7 billion, PBO says. PBO report says a range of potential reforms would compel governments to double spending. Read more HERE.
    • Toxic drug crisis, pandemic have left front-line workers struggling to cope. “The ripple of death is grim, and it will take decades for people impacted by this loss to heal. We are abandoned by all levels of government, who point fingers at one another, and we are burning out”. Read more HERE.
    • Telus Health ignored Alberta’s privacy laws when it launched Babylon app, reports reveal. Privacy commissioner says company still not complying with recommendations. Read more HERE.
    • Telemedicine needs to be integrated into cardiology training, experts recommend. A Canadian survey found that a significant proportion of cardiology trainees are uncomfortable with using telemedicine and feel that better preparation for new-tech medicine is needed. Read more HERE.

PROOF POSITIVE – GRASSROOTS LIBERAL POLICY IS A WIN. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PROCESS.

Election 2021 – Another Win for Liberal Grassroots Policy
https://slc-cal.liberal.ca/election-2021-another-win-for-liberal-grassroots-policy/

Élection 2021 – Une autre victoire pour les politiques libérales de la base
https://slc-cal.liberal.ca/fr/election-2021-une-autre-victoire-pour-les-politiques-liberales-de-la-base/

Mothers Day Greetings: Grandmothers contribute to our Economy by Child-Minding.

This post is a contribution/idea from our President Judith Higginbotham:

Since today is Mothers Day I’d like to point out how valuable our grandmothers are in today’s society and especially in our economy.  What would many young families do without the child-minding assistance of grandmothers?  Many women would be forced to stay home, rendering the family short one income.  We know that grandfathers also provide the benefit of childcare to working families, but it usually falls to the female grandparent to do the intensive care.  Even if professional daycare is available in the neighbourhoods where working families live, it is sometimes prohibitively expensive.  That expense drives the parents to look for less expensive, less professional daycare and that is always a worry regarding quality and security.  And that brings the grandmother into the scene – more and more often these days.  Usually the grandmother is happy with the sort of arrangement, but with seniors being involved in so many activities in 2021 from sports to mature learning courses, we hope that the families can reach a compromise where everyone is satisfied: – the children, the grandmother/grandparents and the mother and father who work so hard to contribute to their families and thus to our national economy.

So, cheers to Mothers today – but also those important Grandmothers!

by Judith E. Higginbotham, Chair: B.C. Section, Senior Liberals Commission.

 

 

 

From Carla Morgan comes this inspiring story…

 

I want to tell all of you about an initiative my mother (92) just told me about this morning.

For 10 years, my mother lived in a Rotary run seniors’ residence in Montreal – The Manoir Westmount. She loved it, was very engaged, successfully started various initiatives including 1. changing the dress code, 2. starting a looseleaf type book to include each new resident as they arrived and then alternate binders with those who left and 3. Running a current events club that met regularly.

Now, the Manoir Westmount has one rule my mother was not able to change. To be a resident you must be able to walk to the dining room. You can use a cane or walker but no wheelchairs or wheel chair equivalents.

My mother’s two major accidents – a fall from a horse and a skiing accident- caught up with her. At age 89, walking became a torture to her. So, she looked around, found a residence in the Laurentians, closer to her extended family and had the good fortune to be settled in there before COVID struck.

She has kept in touch with her friends from the Manoir through FaceTime.

Today, she told me that the Director of activities at The Manoir had contacted her to ask if she would once again lead the Current Events group but this time via Zoom. Sessions haven’t started yet, but are in the works!

This is an inspiring story in my view, which is why I’m sharing it.

Carla

(Thank-you to Carla Morgan for this terrific story)