Report on the Labour Force Participation of Seniors and Near Seniors, and Intergenerational Relations

Conclusion

The National Seniors Council’s pan-Canadian consultations provided a valuable opportunity to engage many Canadians and discuss various challenges and possible solutions in relation to two important priorities: the labour force participation of seniors and near seniors, and intergenerational relations. By opening a dialogue and engaging a cross-section of stakeholders, it is our intention to raise awareness of these priorities and ensure they remain important public policy goals in Canada.

The Council acknowledges the important work of the Government of Canada has already undertaken to support the labour force participation of seniors and near seniors and intergenerational relations. While positive strides are being made, there is more work to be done in terms of understanding the complex challenges and barriers that exist and striving to address these to the benefit and well-being of all Canadians. The Council believes the suggestions for action outlined in this report, implemented with key partners and stakeholders, will initiate positive change.

Finally, the National Seniors Council recognizes that population aging may bring about new opportunities and challenges that will impact all Canadians. We believe that in recognizing the knowledge, skills and experience possessed by seniors and near seniors; working together to break down barriers to active participation in society; and encouraging positive relationships and social connectedness, Canadians can work together to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities to the benefit of all generations.

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