Canada still needs a National Seniors Strategy - 2020 Third Edition Release!

National Institute on Ageing - Ryerson University
Description / Summary


With a growing number of Canadians, health and social care professionals, economists, and national organizations suggesting its time for a National Senior Strategy, this website has been conceived as a way to provide an evidence-based view on how to consider the concepts that could and should be considered and included in a national approach.

We invite you to learn with us and share with us your knowledge and thoughts that could help further inform better policies and strategies that help Canada become the best country to grow up and grow old in.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of National Seniors Day, Ryerson University's National Institute on Ageing released the Third Edition on their National Seniors Strategy.


Our team developed this report on what a National Seniors Strategy for Canada should entail using an evidence-based process and framework. We identify and address 14 specific policy issues under four overarching pillars or themes and are supported by five core principles essential to understanding the needs of Canada’s ageing population.

Our work was and continues to be iterative and has been released, updated and re-released publically through our website in evolving versions.  Our intention is to allow this work to evolve until the issues we highlight are fully resolved.

4 Pillars of National Seniors Strategy

Review their evidence-based briefs on:

  • Ageism, Elder Abuse, and Social Isolation
  • Older Adults and Poverty
  • Affordable Housing
  • Accessible Transportation
  • Age-Friendly Environments
  • Wellness and Prevention Activities
  • Safe and Appropriate Medications
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Access to Appropriate High Quality Care 
  • Access to Providers 
  • Metrics and Accountability Standards 
  • Emergency Preparedness 
  • Supporting Caregivers in the Workforce 
  • Financial support for Caregivers 


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