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Filling the Crack in Pension Coverage: Introducing Workplace Tax-Free Pension Plans (Apr. 2019) [PDF]

New research from the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) by Dr. Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, calls for the creation of workplace Tax-Free Pension Plans (TFPPs) to better support financial security in retirement for the people who need it the most.

As One of Canada’s Top Killers, Why Isn’t Pneumonia Taken More Seriously? (Mar. 2019) [PDF]

A new report from the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University finds pneumonia to be the leading cause of preventable death in Canada and calls for urgent action to address low vaccination rates.

Special Report: The Value of a Good Pension – How to improve the efficiency of retirement savings in Canada (Dec. 2018). [PDF]

Retirement is one of life’s biggest expenses. Yet while there has been vigorous debate about whether Canadians are saving enough for retirement, there has been much less discussion of how they are saving. This study compares the efficiency of a variety of approaches to retirement, from a typical individual approach to a large-scale “Canada model” pension plan, as well as a variety of models in between. This study is a research project completed by Common Wealth for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), with support from the NIA.

Special Report: Toronto Social Capital Study 2018 (Nov. 2018). [PDF]

“Social capital” is the term used to describe the vibrancy of social networks and the extent to which there is trust and reciprocity within a community and among individuals. The NIA partnered with the Toronto Foundation and other leading civic organizations on a new research initiative led by the Environics Institute to map the level of social trust and community engagement among Toronto residents, and provide a foundation for strengthening the social capital of the city.

We Can’t Address What We Don’t Measure Consistently: Building Consensus on Frailty in Canada (Sep. 2018) [PDF]

More than 1 million Canadians are living with frailty, but there is no agreement among health care providers on how to measure it. The NIA examines the impact of frailty in Canada, and urges for research and health care communities to build consensus on how to measure and manage it.

Why Canada Needs to Better Care for Its Working Caregivers (Mar. 2018) [PDF]

More than 8 million Canadian caregivers are keeping our health care systems afloat, 30 per cent of whom are “sandwich generation” women.

The Underappreciated Burden of Influenza Amongst Canada’s Older Population. And What We Need to Do About It. (Feb. 2018). [English PDF] [French PDF]

Fewer than a third of all Canadians get the flu vaccine each year and fewer than two-thirds of seniors get the vaccine. Canada is falling far short of the immunization rates needed to protect the broader population, according to a new report by the National Institute on Ageing (NIA), at Ryerson University.