The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many people hard. It has particularly hit our seniors, our elders hard.
Seniors in care homes and hospitals have faced significant isolation and health risk. Seniors living at home have faced isolation, health challenges and additional costs.
Our NDP caucus has been fighting for support for seniors. Not just some seniors. All seniors.
The federal government has opted to provide support to only some seniors. That’s unacceptable.
Many seniors were left out of the Liberal budget. Specifically, the government decided to leave out seniors under 75 in their budget.
In the last election, the Liberal government promised an increase in the Old Age Security (OAS) and finally announced their intention to implement it in Budget 2021 and through Bill C-30. However, the changes they are proposing apply only to some seniors and leave out others.
Those who qualify for OAS will receive a one-time payment of $500 in August 2021, but only for those who will be 75 or over as of June 2022, and starting in July of 2022, the regular OAS amount will increase by 10 per cent going forward, but again, this is only for those who are 75 or older.
Our NDP caucus has fought to have all seniors receive additional financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the government continues to refuse to help.
This government is creating a two-tiered system of “junior seniors” and “senior seniors.” This leaves thousands of people who need help behind.
The increase should apply to all seniors Our seniors, our elders built our communities. They built our country. They deserve better.