ageism consultations

The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum has launched a consultation on ageism. The Forum is looking to better understand and address the negative impacts of ageism towards older adults in Canada. This public consultation focuses on how older adults experience ageism, and potential solutions to address it.

How to participate:

You are invited to take part in this consultation by completing the questionnaire and sharing your story on this website by September 30, 2022.

The Forum is interested in your personal experiences, how you or someone you know has been affected by ageism, if there were any supports or programs that helped in the situation and anything that could have been done to prevent it.

This consultation will be followed by community-led group discussions, roundtables (by invitation only), as well as engagement discussions with members of First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups in the fall of 2022.

Your feedback will be summarized in a What We Heard Report. This will help to inform the development of a Policy Options Report, which will propose approaches, initiatives, and strategies to address ageism in Canada.

Visit for more information and share this email within your contacts. Please like and share on social media to help spread the word about this important consultation.

Additional information: the Forum has recently released two reports on Ageism

The Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum recently published two new reports examining ageism in Canada:

  • An examination of the social and economic impacts of ageism  - Read it here
  • A case study on ageism during the COVID-19 pandemic - Read it here

Among the key findings in these two documents:

  • Ageism has psychosocial impacts as well as economic impacts on older Canadians, though the economic impacts are currently less documented.
  • Age-based discrimination, combined with other forms (gender-based, racial) means older women and visible minorities bear the brunt of workplace ageism.
  • Media plays a key role in strengthening ageism by rarely acknowledging the contributions and strengths of older people or featuring their voices, and by framing aging solely as a process of "loss".
  • Ageism among Indigenous communities in Canada continues to be under-documented. Absent references to Indigenous Elders in different types of communications  is a notable issue.
  • Attention to words and framing, in media, in government communications, in research etc. is crucial to avoid perpetuating ageism in society.

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This report makes public the committee's findings and proposes 28 recommendations, after hearing from 74 witnesses and receiving 137 briefs from organizations and Canadians across the country.

CNPEA was one of the many organizations that sent a written submission. Our goal was to highlight the pervasive absence of older women in policy and practice considerations when it comes to gender based violence. We emphasized the additional barriers and challenges that older women experience, due to ageism and the ensuing lack of availability of specialized policies and services. We recommended a holistic approach, buidling bridges between the sectors of elder abuse and violence against women prevention and diverse communities in Canada to better respond to the unique needs of older women experiencing intimate partner violence.

We were happy to see that the recently tabled report contains two recommendations that directly relate to older women and their experience of intimate partner violence:

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