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The National Seniors Strategy

The NIA serves as the academic home of the National Seniors Strategy (NSS), an evolving evidence-informed policy document and blueprint to plan for the future of Canada’s ageing population. The strategy calls for the federal government to take a leadership role in the growing and evolving needs of our ageing population. Historically, the federal government, together with provincial governments, has played a key role as a standard-setter, catalyst and funder of important social change in the delivery of health care. Now, the federal government can continue to enable the meaningful change that will be needed to meet the needs of ageing Canadians.

The strategy identifies four pillars of focus to support older Canadians across the entire ageing experience.


Each pillar of the National Seniors Strategy is supported by a growing body of evidence-based policy briefs examining specific issues and policy solutions for provincial, territorial and federal governments to enact to make Canada the best country to grow up and grow old in. The strategy is further supported by groups and organizations concerned with the future of our ageing population, including the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, CARP Advocacy, The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Canadian Labour Congress, the Canadian Home Care Association, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and many others.

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