A1. Seniors are the fastest growing demographic group in Canada. By 2031, the number of seniors will almost double to nine million people, representing close to one quarter of Canada's population.
The Government of Canada recognizes that seniors have diverse needs and expectations. They are a valuable resource, offering their experience and wisdom to Canadian society.
The National Seniors Council helps us reach out and hear what seniors have to say. We want to ensure that seniors' ideas and views are considered in the creation and delivery of the policies, programs and services that impact their well-being.
A2. The Council reports to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, in light of her responsibilities for seniors, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, in recognition of the importance of health-related issues for older Canadians. The Ministers are supported by the Minister of State (Seniors), the Honourable Alice Wong, who works with the Council in its day-to-day operations.
A3. The Council's mandate is to provide advice to the Government of Canada by:
A4. The National Seniors Council has a mandate to engage with seniors, stakeholders and experts. The Council is able to consult with a wide variety of groups to obtain input and advice from seniors and the many organizations that represent their interests.
A5. The terms of reference allow for members of the National Seniors Council to serve up to three years. To balance the need for continuity and the desire to continually provide new perspectives on the Council, the terms of members range from 1-3 years, with options for renewal.
A6. The Council can comprise up to 12 members, including the Chair.
A7. If there is a vacancy on the National Seniors Council, you can find all the relevant information on the Governor in Council Appointments Web site.
Governor in Council opportunities may be advertised in a number of different ways: