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By Kathy Majowski, CNPEA Board Chair

In 2018, the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women called for the public to submit written briefs for the committee’s study on challenges faced by senior women in Canada, with a focus on the factors contributing to their poverty and vulnerability. The committee will release a final report, with recommendations, that will propose steps that the Government of Canada could take to help address these challenges. During the study, the committee will examine challenges faced by older women, including, but not limited to:

  • access to transportation;
  • access to health services and medication;
  • the cost of home and health services;
  • access to affordable housing;
  • access to justice; and
  • widowhood.

  • On May 2nd, 2019 the CNPEA was given an opportunity to serve as a witness and provide recommendations to this committee. As the Board Chair, I was honoured to present a summary of our written brief to the committee, and to answer the committee's questions.

    After an introduction of all panel members from the Committee Chair, Karen Vecchio, I was given the floor as the first presenter of the day. Following my presentation for the CNPEA was Bonnie Brighton (National Executive Director, DisAbled Women's Network Canada), Helen Kennedy (Executive Director, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust), Chaneesa Ryan (Director of Health, Native Women’s Association of Canada), and Roseann Martin (Indigenous Elder, appearing with the Native Women’s Association of Canada).

    All of the presenters had important messages and thoughtful recommendations, and the committee members sparked discussions that allowed each of us to provide additional details to each presentation.

    Some of the topics that were discussed by the panelists:

    Below is a summary of CNPEA's recommendations:

    I was encouraged by the conversation and am eager to see the report that this committee will present to the Government of Canada. Follow this link for all of the submitted Briefs and Video/Audio recordings of Committee appearances.

    You can read our official brief here and access our summary presentation (PDF) here.