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Prime Minister highlights support for seniors in Prince Edward Island 

Charlottetown – The Government of Canada is working hard to give Canadian seniors the support they need, and the secure and dignified retirement they deserve. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today celebrated Prince Edward Island Old Home Week with seniors from Charlottetown and highlighted the government’s commitment to support seniors in the province and across the country.
 

The Government of Canada has taken a number of important steps to give seniors, their families, and future retirees greater security and a better quality of life. We have enhanced the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) – the most significant change in a generation – lowered the age of eligibility for Old Age Security benefits from 67 to 65, and boosted the Guaranteed Income Supplement by nearly $1,000 a year for vulnerable seniors who live alone. These changes allow Canadians to worry less about their savings and focus more on enjoying time with their families and loved ones.

We have also improved EI caregiver benefits to make it easier for Canadians to take a leave from work in order to care for a family member in need, and committed $6 billion in funding to provinces for better home care, including palliative care.

To further empower Canadian seniors in their retirement, the New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in their communities and the lives of others. Last year, the program provided close to $465,000 in funding for local projects in PEI related to mentorship, community involvement, and improved mental and physical health.

Driven by the new Minister of Seniors, Filomena Tassi, and the help of a strengthened National Seniors Council, the Government of Canada will continue to explore new ways to improve the well-being and quality of life for seniors now and for future generations to come.

 

“Seniors in PEI and across Canada have worked hard their entire lives, and deserve to feel confident about their future. I am committed to protecting benefits for seniors, and making sure they are able to enjoy a happy, healthy retirement.” –  Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Seniors are such an important part of our society. They contribute to our communities and help to build a stronger Canada. I look forward to working to ensure that seniors across the country have access to quality programs and services they deserve.” – Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors

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