About the National Seniors Council

Seniors are the fastest-growing demographic group in Canada. This reality presents challenges and opportunities, which the Government of Canada is committed to meet.

In 2007, the National Seniors Council (NSC) was established to provide recommendations to the Government of Canada on matters related to the health, well-being and quality of life of seniors.

The NSC advises the Government of Canada through the Minister of Seniors and the Minister of Health. To inform its advice, the NSC:

  • takes into account the views of seniors, experts, organizations and groups that provide seniors’ programs and services, and other relevant stakeholders and interested parties
  • undertakes activities such as commissioning research, convening expert panels and roundtables and holding consultative meetings
  • consults, using a comprehensive and collaborative approach, with federal departments, other levels of government and advisory bodies involved in seniors-related efforts
  • examines the policies, programs and services that have an impact on the lives of seniors

Since its inception, the NSC has examined a number of topics related to seniors, including social isolation, labour force participation, volunteering, low income among seniors and elder abuse.

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