News for Staff and Volunteers of Seniors Organizations
Seniors' Transit Pass Increase Postponed
Edmonton City Council approved a motion
to postpone an increase to seniors' transit passes for one year. The motion, filed by Ward 1 Councillor Andrew Knack earlier this month, proposed freezing the cost for customers who had purchased the annual pass in 2019 for one year. The price of a senior pass had increased from $136.50 to $374 on February 1.
Help Secure Government Support for the Common Good Retirement Plan
Common Good has submitted a formal proposal to the Government of Canada to fund the creation and growth of the Common Good Retirement Plan for employees in the non-profit sector. If successful, the plan can be built and start enrolling members by early 2021. To get the Government of Canada to fund the plan, key decision-makers in Ottawa need to hear from non-profit employees. Take five minutes to send a letter of support
to Canadian leaders using Common Good's letter template.
Tool explains service eligibility for immigrant, refugee and newcomer seniors
Depending on the immigration pathway in which immigrant, refugee and newcomer seniors (IRN) seniors arrived in Canada, most IRN seniors have limited or no access to essential services including income support and benefits, social programs, and healthcare.
The Age of Wisdom Collective initiative has developed a helpful tool that outlines service eligibility and includes stories from seniors that illustrate the diversity in their immigration experience and their access to services.
For more information, contact Nuel Han, Project Animator with the Age of Wisdom Collective at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alberta Government Phases Out Seniors Advocate, Rolls Role into Health Advocate
Seniors will no longer have a dedicated provincial advocate in 2020 as government asks Alberta's health advocate to absorb the role.
Although the minister of seniors and housing said the new combined office will still serve seniors well, the current seniors advocate worries elderly people are losing the voice of a team dedicated to combating systemic ageism.
"I am so passionate about it - we really need a seniors advocate in this province," outgoing advocate Sheree Kwong See said earlier this month. "We need seniors' issues to be front and centre."
In 2013, the former Progressive Conservative government announced it was creating offices of the health advocate and seniors advocate as part of implementing an Alberta Health Act.
The offices opened in 2014, with the health advocate taking on the seniors advocate role temporarily until Kwong See was recruited in 2016.
The seniors advocate has three key roles: helping seniors navigate systems and get support, outreach to seniors' groups and making recommendations to government for improvements.
Since becoming independent, the office has handled about 3,600 calls for help from seniors, Kwong See said. An average case takes about six phone calls, meetings or emails to resolve. The office opens and closes about 100 cases a month.
Financial Information Sessions for Seniors
The Seniors Financial Empowerment Network (SFEN) provides free financial literacy information sessions in the areas of personal finance, protection of assets, housing, legal considerations, areas of fraud or abuse, communication and self-esteem. The seven core education modules can be presented as stand-alone sessions or as a complete series at seniors facilities, community leagues, churches, or in larger settings. The modules are delivered by senior volunteers. Contact Sarah by calling 780-722-6701 or emailing email@example.com if you’re interested in booking a session.