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About Seniors' Health Issues

  1. Where can I get recent statistics on seniors?
  2. How can I find out what federal programs and services are available to seniors?
  3. How can I find out what provincial programs and services are available to seniors?
  4. Where can I get more general information on seniors' issues, such as medication use, housing options, nutrition, etc.?
  5. Where can I get more information regarding health care administration, including drug coverage in my province or territory, finding a doctor, or health cards?
  6. Where can I obtain the Services for Seniors Guide to Federal Programs?
  7. Where can I obtain the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) forms?

1. Where can I get recent statistics on seniors?

Statistics on seniors are available from Statistics Canada External link. You may download many of these statistics free of charge from the Internet.

OR, you may contact Statistics Canada directly:

Telephone: 1-800-263-1136 (toll-free)
Fax: 1-877-287-4369 (toll-free)
E-mail: infostats@statcan.gc.ca

2. How can I find out what federal programs and services are available to seniors?

The Government of Canada publishes a document entitled Services for Seniors Guide: A Guide to Government of Canada Services for Seniors and their Families External link, which contains information on federal programs and services directed to seniors.

Other Government of Canada Web sites which may be of interest include:

Canada Benefits External link
This site provides an overview of all government benefit programs and services for individuals (including seniors).

Health Canada External link
Health Canada's one-stop source of links to health information resources of interest to seniors.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada External link
HRSDC's mission is to build a stronger and more competitive Canada, to support Canadians in making choices that help them live productive and rewarding lives, and to improve Canadians' quality of life.

National Seniors Council External link
The National Seniors Council has been established to advise the Government of Canada on all matters related to the well-being and quality of life of seniors.

Public Safety Canada External link
Public Safety Canada provides policy leadership and delivers programs in the areas of national security, emergency management, law enforcement, corrections and crime prevention.

Seniors Canada-Working for Seniors External link
This site provides single-window access to Web-based information and services that are relevant to seniors 55+, their families, caregivers and supporting service organizations.

Service Canada-Services for Seniors External link
This site provides Canadians with one-stop, personalized access to Government of Canada services and benefits. This page links to programs and services available exclusively to seniors.

3. How can I find out what provincial programs and services are available to seniors?

Health services delivery is a provincial and territorial matter. Each province and territory administers its own health care programs, and these vary from province to province. For more information about health care, home care, health insurance, dental care, eye care, etc., for seniors, contact your provincial or territorial seniors/health ministry.

4. Where can I get more general information on seniors' issues, such as medication use, housing options, nutrition, etc.?

For more information on seniors' health issues, please refer to your provincial/territorial ministry (see listing above).

5. Where can I get more information regarding health care administration, including drug coverage in my province or territory, finding a doctor, or health cards?

For information regarding health care administration, including drug coverage in your province or territory, finding a doctor, or health cards, please contact your provincial/territorial ministry (see listing above).

6. Where can I obtain the "Services for Seniors Guide to Federal Programs?"

This guide, which touched on various topics including health and nutrition, is no longer available in its original form. A new guide entitled Services for Seniors Guide: A Guide to Government of Canada Services for Seniors and their Families External link includes information on the following topics: business start-up, Canada's pension system, income tax, job search and retirement income planning.

7. Where can I obtain information on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)?

Visit Service Canada External link or call 1-800-277-9914.