Children, Seniors and Social Development
Health and Community

September 25, 2019

The following statement was issued today by the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, and the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services:

Ministers Dempster and Haggie Respond to Release of Seniors’ Advocate’s First Report

On behalf of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, we welcome the Office of the Seniors’ Advocate’s first report. This report, entitled, ‘Long May Your Big Jib Draw: Setting Sail’, focuses on systemic issues impacting seniors throughout our province.

We value the important role that the Office of the Seniors’ Advocate plays in the lives of seniors, and we appreciate the work that both the Seniors’ Advocate and her staff have done in order to publish the office’s first report. 

With a total of 25 recommendations in three main areas: Aging in Place; Healthcare; and Labour Force Participation, this independent review brings awareness to areas where improvements are needed and related actions are outlined.  

We are committed to working with the Office of the Seniors’ Advocate, Provincial Government departments and agencies, the Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors and other community partners to develop an implementation plan once we have been able to complete a detailed analysis of the recommendations in this report.

As a government, we continue to have an enhanced focus on seniors to ensure they can remain healthy, active and engaged citizens living in their own homes or age-friendly communities for as long as possible. A key means to achieve this is through our valued partnership with community organizations, which engage and support seniors, including Seniors NL, the Newfoundland and Labrador 50+ Federation and the many 50+ Clubs throughout the province, and the Aging and Research Centre NL.

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Media contacts
Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977 

Kathy Dicks-Peyton
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 699-1982

2019 09 25                              12:10 p.m.