The affordability challenges facing many local seniors are in the spotlight as community organizations recognize the International Day of Older Persons.
Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction Chair Howard Elliott has highlighted the need for pension reform and a national housing strategy during an event at city hall on Friday.
Elliott also notes that Canada is the only country with a national Medicare program, that doesn’t also offer national pharmacare.
Sara Mayo of the Social Planning and Research Council adds that almost 1-of-4 older adults in Hamilton live in unaffordable housing, spending 30% or more of their income on housing.
Councillor Tom Jackson stresses that senior’s issues are a priority at city hall, citing a “golden age” HSR pass and a $180 tax rebate that seniors can use to offset tax increases, as two examples.
He also notes that council recently updated its vision statement to read, “best place to raise a child and age successfully”.