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About the NIA

The National Institute on Ageing (the NIA) is dedicated to enhancing successful ageing across the life course. It is unique in contemplating ageing from all perspectives, including financial, physical, psychological, and social wellness. The NIA is focused on cross-disciplinary research to understand the issues, and actionable insight to shape innovative products and approaches, policies, practices and systems. The NIA also seeks to establish municipal, provincial, national, and international partnerships between Ryerson, other universities, and other ageing-related provincial, national and global entities. To discuss partnership ideas and opportunities, please contact us.

Guiding the NIA’s research, education and innovation priorities is the evidence-informed National Seniors Strategy that was released October 2015 and outlines four key pillars:

Independent, Productive and Engaged Citizens

Life expectancy for Canadians has nearly doubled in the last century, and older Canadians are now the fastest growing segment of our population with their numbers expected to double over the next two decades. By then, one in four Canadians will be older than 65 years of age. It is crucial that older Canadians are given the opportunity to remain independent, engaged and productive members of society.

This pillar is core to the inaugural work of the NIA – our specific areas of interest related to this pillar include: pension and retirement compensation arrangements, adequacy, and coverage; workforce trends and planning; economic impacts and drivers, as well as age-friendly cities, home modification, and assistive devices and technology.

Healthy and Active Lives

Education and support is critical so that Canadians understand and participate in activities that promote wellness, prevention, and overall healthy ageing. Through unique forums, workshops, and events, the NIA will contribute to education, as well as building and spreading awareness.

Care Closer to Home

The vast majority of Canadians are clear that they want access to care in, and as close to, their homes as possible as they age. Creating a robust home care system is quickly becoming a top common national priority for Canadians. The NIA intends to contribute to discussion and policy development through its practical and action-oriented research, and Ryerson’s unique innovation incubators.

Support for Caregivers

A rising number of older Canadians will develop chronic health conditions as they age, requiring the support of others to remain as healthy and independent as possible in their homes and communities. Caregiving can take a toll on the health, well-being and economic productivity of Canadians who serve as unpaid caregivers. Developing the appropriate support for caregivers can contribute to keeping our health care systems sustainable, and also ensure overall economic productivity. The NIA intends to inform policy discussions through practioner-oriented research, education and innovation.


For more background context, and information, about the National Seniors Strategy, visit

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