New Democrats will fight for a Better Deal for Seniors

CHARLOTTETOWN — New Democrats are ready to deliver a better deal for seniors on Prince Edward Island. By electing New Democrats to the Legislature, we will fight to expand and improve long-term care, support caregivers and seniors at home, and address financial insecurity.

“Seniors deserve to live with dignity,” said NDP candidate Simone Webster. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the shameful reality of our province’s nursing homes. Overworked and underpaid staff are struggling to meet even the most basic needs of residents. It’s unconscionable and we must do better.”

To provide older Islanders with the health care they deserve, the NDP will act immediately to address the physician and nurse practitioner shortage and create publicly run community health hubs. A $2,000 annual caregiver grant benefit will help more seniors stay at home. New care standards in nursing homes, including a minimum number of required daily hours of care, will ensure dignity for residents. 

To ease the financial hardship faced by many seniors, New Democrats will increase the home heating benefit from $1,200 to $2,400 and increase the provincial sales tax credit from $110 to $200 per individual.

“Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have lacked foresight and planning when it comes to the needs of our Island’s aging population,” said Webster. “It’s time to elect New Democrats who will finally treat senior care as an investment that benefits us all.”

The NDP’s proposed changes will benefit thousands of Islanders over the age of 65 and represent a new investment of $20 million (see costing breakdown below).

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Contact: Mat Whynott
Phone: 902.483.2882

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