King City, Ontario – March 25, 2019
MP SCHULTE HOSTS FORUM WITH THE MINISTER OF SENIORS
Member of Parliament, Deb Schulte, today welcomed The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors to King Township for a seniors forum, to highlight the Government of Canada’s commitment to support seniors in the riding, and across the country.
Too many seniors are facing a financially insecure future, are isolated and lonely, and are having trouble accessing the services they need after a lifetime of hard work. The Federal Government understands the challenges facing seniors and is working to help make retirement more financially secure for Canadians.
With Budget 2019, the government is helping Canadian seniors keep more money in their pockets, receive the benefits they are entitled to, protect their workplace pensions and stay active and involved in their communities. Minister Filomena Tassi also shared the Government’s intention to move forward on the foundational elements of a national pharmacare plan, which would make prescription drugs more affordable and more accessible to more Canadians.
This was the message Minister Tassi delivered, alongside her colleague, Member of Parliament Deb Schulte, as they engaged with seniors and stakeholders at King City Arena. The seniors forum provided an important opportunity for local residents to share their concerns and for the Government of Canada to showcase its commitment to supporting Canadian seniors.
“The new Canadian Drug Agency will help lower the cost of prescription drugs for Canadians, and a national approach will help make some of the most expensive drugs more accessible for Canadians with rare diseases. These measures mark important first steps on the way to a system that helps all Canadians get the medicine they need.””
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
“It was a wonderful opportunity to have the Minister in my riding to hear the community’s priorities firsthand in relation to seniors’ issues, while she also had an opportunity to share all the work already done on behalf of seniors”
– Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue
- To help low-income working seniors keep more of what they earn, Budget 2019 proposes to enhance the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) earnings exemption, beginning with the July 2020-21 benefit year.
- Budget 2019 proposes additional funding of $100 million over five years, with $20 million per year ongoing, for the New Horizons for Seniors Program so that it can continue to improve seniors’ quality of life and better promote their active participation in the community.
- Budget 2019 proposes to introduce new measures to enhance the security of workplace pensions Yearly increases to the Guaranteed Income Supplement since 2016 have helped over 900,000 seniors and lifted 13,000 more out of poverty.
- Budget 2019 proposes to provide up to $1 billion over two years, starting in 2022–23, with up to $500 million per year ongoing, to help Canadians with rare diseases access the drugs they need and $35 million over four years, starting in 2019–20, to Health Canada to establish a Canadian Drug Agency Transition Office.
- Every year, almost 1 million Canadians give up food and heat to afford medicines. Prescription drug spending in Canada has risen from $2.6 billion in 1985 to $33.7 billion in 2018.
- The Government of Canada reached a historic agreement with provinces to enhance the CPP. The agreement will increase the maximum CPP retirement benefit by about 50 percent for future seniors.
- The Government of Canada has invested $40 billion in a National Housing Strategy. This strategy includes safe and affordable housing for seniors.
Backgrounder: A Secure and Dignified Retirement for Canadians
Backgrounder: The New Horizons for Seniors Program
Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare interim report
Office of Deb Schulte, MP