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About the NIA

The National Institute on Ageing (NIA) is a new policy and research think tank based at Ryerson University in Toronto. The NIA is dedicated to enhancing successful ageing across the life course. It is unique in its mandate to consider ageing issues from a broad range of perspectives, including income and retirement security, health and wellbeing, and social inclusion and participation.

The NIA is focused on being a leader in cross-disciplinary, evidence-based research to better understand the issues and to contribute to interventions, insights, innovative policies, practices, and products needed to address the many challenges and opportunities presented by Canada’s coming of age. The NIA is also committed to engaging in collaboration and partnership with other ageing-related organizations, businesses, academic institutions, and governments at all levels.

The NIA is also the academic home for the National Seniors Strategy (NSS). Established in October 2015, the NSS is an evolving, evidence-based policy document co-authored by leading researchers, policy-experts and stakeholder organizations from across Canada. The NSS outlines four pillars that guide the NIA’s work to advance knowledge and inform policies through evidence-based research on ageing in Canada that include Independent, Productive and Engaged Citizens; Healthy and Active Lives; Care Closer to Home; and Support for Caregivers.