Ministry of Seniors' Affairs Releases Diversity Roundtable Discussions on Aging in a Diverse Ontario: Report
The Ministry of Seniors' Affairs has released a summary of our findings from the six Diversity Roundtable discussions held in Markham, Scarborough, Mississauga, Ottawa, London and Brampton. The sessions provided a forum for participants to discuss their perspectives on retirement; to increase the province's understanding of the needs of diverse communities and to provide information on what they would need to start their own retirement homes.
Almost 400 participants attended the sessions, including retirement homes, seniors’ groups, ethno-cultural organizations, Francophones, LGBTQ2S groups, municipalities and academia. The Ministry of Seniors Affairs (MSA) has created a report summarizing key points raised during the roundtable for the benefit of the participants.
Thank you for your participation as these sessions provided the government with insights that will help Ontario adapt as its senior population more than doubles from two million to 4.6 million over the next 25 years.
The 2018 Ontario Budget announcement signalled new ways the government is supporting seniors. Examples include helping seniors without dental benefits defray the costs of dental care; expanding OHIP+ and making prescription drugs under the Ontario Drug Benefit program free-of-charge to seniors, regardless of income; and helping seniors live independently by offsetting the cost of maintaining their homes through Ontario's new Seniors' Healthy Home Program.
To read the report, click here.