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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Why is a National Seniors Council necessary?

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.

Q2. What is the reporting structure for the National Seniors Council?

A2. The Council reports to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, in light of his/her responsibilities for seniors, and the 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) who works with the Council in its day-to-day operations.

Q3. What is the mandate of the National Seniors Council?

A3. The Council's mandate is to provide advice to the Government of Canada by:

  • advising on current and emerging issues and opportunities related to the quality of life and well-being of seniors, both now and in the future;
  • as needed, undertaking activities such as commissioning research, convening expert panels and roundtables, and holding consultative meetings;
  • delivering well-balanced advice, taking into account the views of experts; seniors; organizations and groups that provide seniors’ programs and services; provincial/territorial advisory bodies on seniors; and other relevant stakeholders and interested parties; and
  • ensuring a comprehensive and collaborative approach in its examination of the policies, programs and services that impact the lives of seniors by consulting with other federal departments, other levels of government and advisory bodies involved in seniors-related efforts.

Q4. Seniors want to be part of the discussions and decisions that affect their lives. How does the National Seniors Council ensure that seniors' voices are heard?

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.

Q5. How long will the members serve?

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.

Q6. How many members are on the Council?

A6. The Council can comprise up to 12 members, including the Chair.

Q7. How can I become a member of the National Seniors Council?

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:


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