National Family Caregiver day

Date: March 29, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

By Elizabeth Nykorowytsch Macnab Many of us know an older person with a serious illness or a younger person with an ongoing health problem. Many factors contribute to promoting people to stay in their own homes, such as deinstitutionalisation of younger people and ageing-in-place for older people. For people to stay longer in community, the demand for informal care giving is becoming an ever more important concern for policy-makers. Informal caregivers are unpaid and are usually family or...

Canada’s Tax credit for caregivers

Date: March 24, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

By Elizabeth Nykorowytsch Macnab Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations with countless other organizations and individuals has asked that government recognize the contributions of Canada’s caregivers, starting with some form of tax credit. Tax credits will benefit not only on the carer but could potentially help the care recipients to remain longer in community, helping decrease the burden on the provincial LTC health system. The recent 2017 federal budget’s new Caregiver...

Government of Canada Increases Financial Support for Veterans

Date: March 23, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Submitted by Veterans Affairs Canada Additional lump sum payment for all Veterans with a disability award. The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to ensure that Veterans and their families are treated with care, compassion and respect.  Increasing the financial security of disabled Veterans, is the first foundational step in supporting mental health and well-being. The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence...

Dialogue with Duclos

Date: March 21, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Submitted by The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, delighted to share with you the latest edition of Dialogue with Duclos, a stakeholder series with updates on recent Employment and Social Development Canada programs, services and activities. The edition attached features: An update on the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy consultations They...

Toronto Seniors Helpline 416-217-2077 launches in Toronto

Date: March 15, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Submitted by Elder Abuse Ontario Wood Green Community Services, Toronto Central CCAC, and Toronto Central LHIN are pleased to launch the Toronto Seniors Helpline (TSH)! The Toronto Seniors Helpline is a single phone line that streamlines access to community, homecare and crisis services for seniors, their caregivers and their health care providers.  Through this initiative, CNAP, Seniors Crisis Line and TC CCAC information and referral staff have unified as a single team with a shared...

Hopes for New Pan-Canadian Health Accord Dashed ala Harper

Date: March 13, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Release by Ontario Health Coalition on March 10, 2017                                                   Health Care Advocates Dismayed with Ottawa’s Divide and Conquer Tactics: Hopes for a Canadian Health Accord Dashed as Provinces Signs Deal  Toronto/Ottawa/Edmonton: The Ontario, Quebec and Alberta governments, which had initially held out for better, were compelled to sign onto a bilateral health funding deal with Ottawa today. In the federal election, the...

APPLY NOW: Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA)

Date: March 7, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

On February 27, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced a call for nominations to recruit members for Employment and Social Development Canada’s National Advisory Committee for Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA). Members of the National Advisory Committee will play a leading role in assessing top-ranked CVAward nominations and making recommendations on Award recipients to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development ...

Sassy Seniors strut their stuff in Thunder Bay

Date: March 7, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Sassy Seniors, Army of Sass team up to bring a double dose of sass to the stage CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2017 7:15 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 07, 2017 7:15 AM ET At 70-years-old, Mary McVicar knows how to bring the sass.  "You have to have a little attitude," she says. McVicar has been dancing with the Sassy Seniors, run through the 55 Plus Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont. for nearly a decade.  For the most part, they perform jazz and musical style numbers, but the seniors have also added some...

Canadian Cash Awards scam offers senior $3.5M

Date: March 2, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Complaints about Canadian Cash Awards date back to 2014 By Kevin Yarr, CBC News Posted: Mar 01, 2017 7:57 AM AT A retired RCMP officer is warning Prince Edward Islanders to beware of a phone scam after he received a call at his home in Charlottetown this past week. Robert Campbell said he was told by the caller that he'd won $3.5 million through the Canadian Cash Awards, after his name was selected from a pool of 500,000 seniors. Campbell said it was clear to him it was a scam as he'd...

Parent-Grandparent visa system-The Hill Times-22Feb2017

Date: February 24, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News

Ghazy Mujahid, a Former United Nations Population Policy Advisor, serves on the board of the Ontario Society of Senior Citizens’ Organization and is a research associate with York University’s centre for Asian Research recently published a story The Hill Times on the need to revisit the “lottery” system used for sponsoring parents and grandparents. He is proposing a more fair approach for reunification. Click here to read the full article.


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