Share your thoughts: Creating a federal policy definition of “senior abuse”

Government of Canada
Description / Summary

Opened on June 15, 2021 and will close on July 22, 2021.

Senior abuse is an important human rights issue. It is also a social and public health issue that can undermine an older person’s:

  • quality of life
  • autonomy
  • dignity
  • sense of security, and
  • mental and physical health

The Government of Canada commits to strengthening Canada’s approach to senior abuse. To that end, they are looking for your feedback to create a federal policy definition of “senior abuse”. Currently, there is no standard in Canada. It can mean different things to different people depending on their life and ethno cultural experience.

A federal definition will support more consistent and informed:

  • awareness and prevention activities
  • data collection, and
  • program and service delivery

By participating in this consultation, you will help the Government of Canada more clearly define this important issue.

Note: While this issue is commonly known as “elder abuse”, the term “elder” has a distinct cultural meaning for Indigenous communities in Canada. In recognition of this, the Government of Canada will use “senior abuse” to describe this issue throughout the consultation.

How to participate

There are several ways to participate in the consultation.

You can participate at any time until July 22, 2021.