On June 10, 2019, the Canadian Association for Long Term Care, in partnership with the Canadian Medical Association and the Economic Club of Canada, hosted a panel discussion on Ottawa’s role in addressing the aging crisis and seniors’ care.
Daniel Fontaine, Chair of CALTC and CEO of BC Care Providers Association, made opening remarks after which panelists discussed the question: What is the role of the Federal Government in tackling the aging crisis and addressing the long-term care needs of Canadian seniors?
The discussion was fruitful and engaging with insights from Dr. Gigi Osler, President of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Samir K. Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health System & the University Health Network, and Michael Nicin, Executive Director of the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University.
With over 100 stakeholders, policymakers and Members of Parliament in attendance, the panelists unanimously agreed that Canada is in the midst of an aging crisis.
A national approach to seniors’ care, additional support for a health human resource strategy, and elevated leadership from Canada’s elected officials were proposed as possible solutions to solve this complex issue.