Board Chair Jane Joris and CEO Bob Morton attended the Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC) meetings in Ottawa on Monday and Tuesday. Much of the time was spent on advocacy activities.
Jane along with other CALTC board members met with MP Adam Vaughan Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs). Discussion focused on housing for seniors and federal infrastructure funding. Bob and colleagues met with MP Deb Shulte, Seniors' Caucus Chair for the Liberal party. The discussion at this meeting focused on the government's Seniors Strategy and the standardization of data in LTC across Canada. The CALTC Board received a briefing from the Canadian Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation and hosted a reception for key stakeholders at the national level.
As part of this event, CALTC issued a release calling for immediate action to prepare for the doubling of Canadians 80 and over.
Our Association’s engagement in advocacy at the national level is very important for getting federal government attention focused on how it can better support the provinces in strengthening seniors' care.