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Share your thoughts on Seniors Abuse

Seniors are too often victims of not only physical and sexual abuse but also neglect, psychological or financial abuse, often perpetrated by a person in a position of trust. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these harms by further isolating many seniors. Yet there is no one accepted definition of senior abuse in Canada or around the world, hampering collaboration, data collection, and progress against this scourge. It can mean different things to different people depending on their life and ethno-cultural experience. The creation of a federal policy definition of senior abuse will support more consistent and informed awareness and prevention activities, data collection, as well as program and service delivery.

An online consultation portal will be open until the consultation concludes on July 22, 2021. On June 22, the Government will hold two virtual national roundtables, After the consultations close, a “What we heard” report will be released and a draft definition will be circulated to partners for feedback before the definition is released.  A full description of the consultations may be found HERE

Specifically, the government would like to know:

  • preferred term to describe the issue
  • elements or behaviours to include in a definition
  • types of information or data needed to develop senior abuse policies

You may contribute your thoughts and experiences to these consultations with this Online Survey.

You can also print/complete the survey and mail it to:

Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV
Gatineau QC K1A 0J9
Should you have any questions or require more information, please contact either of my two Simcoe North riding offices. – Bruce