Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Action Alert: Ask the Premier and Cabinet to reduce poverty for all Ontarians, including seniors

November 22, 2008


On November 19, 2008, the Seventh Invitational Elder Health Think Tank, “Aging at Home: Getting There from Here” took place in Toronto. One immediate outcome of the meeting was to ensure that the Premier and that the Members of the Executive Council of Ontario support the principles, strategies and recommendations of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction.

The health and well-being of Ontarians is compromised by poverty. A growing number of Ontarians don’t have what they need to live in health and dignity, including approximately 57,000 seniors living in poverty. These challenging economic times are exactly the time when bold leadership is needed to stimulate the economy by investing in poverty reduction. Building affordable housing, upgrading existing social housing, and ensuring livable incomes will have both short and long-term benefits.

 What the Elder Health Coalition has done

On November 21, 2008 the Co Chair’s of the Elder Health Coalition, Gerda Kaegi (Past President, Canadian Pensioners Concerned) and Doris Grinspun (RNAO Executive Director), sent a letter to the Honourable Dalton McGuinty and to the Members of the Executive Council of Ontario communicating the collective voice of the Elder Health Think Tank delegates to support the principles and strategies of the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction and to adopt its recommendations.

To view the letter that was sent, please click here.

What you can do
Write a letter to Premier McGuinty and to the Cabinet by clicking here. You can send our sample letter as is or modify it as you wish. You are welcome to share your experiences in your modified letter as often real life stories are very compelling in illustrating the impact of poverty. If you are an RN, please make sure to sign your name and RN at the bottom of the letter. Please circulate this action alert to your friends and colleagues.

Endorse the 25 in 5 Declaration as an individual and/or as an organization here.

Websites of Interest:

Canadian Pensioners Concerned on Poverty Reduction

Poverty Watch Ontario

Seventh Annual Elder Health Think Tank

25 in 5 Network

RNAO Social Determinants of Health Resources

Documents of Interest
Report released on November 17, 2008, by Carol Kushner, Patricia Baranek and Marion Dewar, titled “Home care: Change We Need”. This is a report on the Ontario Health Coalition Home Care Hearings.

To view the report, please click here.