Filomena Tassi, was elected to represent the riding of Hamilton West – Ancaster – Dundas in 2015. She has recently been appointed Canada’s first Minister of Seniors. She also holds responsibility as the Deputy Government Whip. Tassi is a law graduate from the University of Western Ontario and studied philosophy and religious education at the University of Waterloo. Her previous careers included 6 years n corporate law an as chaplain at Bishop Tonnos Secondary School.
Her mandate letter which includes the following key points, can be accessed in full at: https://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-seniors-mandate-letter-august-28-2018
- Lead work within Employment and Social Development Canada on seniors programming, including the New Horizons for Seniors Program and benefiting from the work of the National Seniors Council. You will also support work across the government with Ministers on initiatives that impact seniors.
- Support the Ministers of Finance and Innovation, Science and Economic Development on the design and implementation of initiatives to better protect consumers, particularly seniors, from high-pressure sales tactics, overbilling, fraud and other potential harms in dealing with financial institutions and telecommunications companies.
- With the Ministers of Finance and Families, Children and Social Development bring forward options to improve financial security for Canada’s seniors and those most in need. This should include a particular focus on our commitments to index Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement payments to a new Seniors Price Index, and work with provinces and territories to ensure adequate and coordinated support programs to address seniors’ poverty.
- Consult stakeholders and coordinate the government’s work to strengthen the protection of workplace pensions, working jointly with the Ministers of Finance, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
- Work with the Ministers of Health and Families, Children and Social Development on initiatives to promote healthy aging. This includes learning from and building on federally supported programs that have proven successful in supporting the needs of seniors and their families, as well as ensuring the government’s investments in home care, palliative care and community care are well coordinated and are having intended impacts.
- Work with the Minister of Health to engage with stakeholders and parliamentarians on ways to address dementia.
- Lead work with the support of the Ministers of Justice, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Finance to address crimes that target seniors including elder abuse and online financial scams.
- Collaborate with the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to ensure seniors’ housing needs are reflected in the implementation of the National Housing Strategy.
- Represent the Government of Canada at the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum.
- Support the Ministers of Finance and Health in the consideration of options for how best to move forward with the implementation of national pharmacare.