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e-4948 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Petrine Paquette from Vernon, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Statistics Canada's data on the elderly poverty rate reflects that a percentage of seniors have historically lived below the poverty line contributing to inadequate diets, failing health, isolation and depression;
  • Seniors are experiencing food insecurity and having to access food banks and soup kitchens;
  • Food Bank Canada, reports that in 2023, 8% of their clientele were seniors;
  • An increasing number of seniors are homeless or facing homelessness due to inflation beyond their means;
  • Seniors are being forced to get reverse mortgages on their homes and work, past the age they intended to, often with health issues;
  • The Old Age Security (OAS), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) ceiling, which is below the poverty level of $23,513.00, cannot cover the current cost of living;
  • Seniors who work past 70, either by choice or necessity, cannot contribute to the CPP to increase their post-retirement benefits for additional income;
  • Many Canadians, especially women, were not in a working position to save for retirement and now they must rely solely on OAS, CPP and GIS; and
  • The Government of Canada's one-time payments to seniors are helpful and appreciated, but seniors need a sustainable living income to elevate them above the poverty level.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to provide a universal liveable income, indexed to the cost of living, to Canadian citizens, 65 and over, that exceeds the poverty level to allow them to have an acceptable standard of living. Further, we call for agreements that eliminate provincial and territorial clawbacks of federal benefits.
Open for signature
May 17, 2024, at 3:57 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 14, 2024, at 3:57 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Ken Hardie
Fleetwood—Port Kells
Liberal Caucus
British Columbia