Advocacy

We speak up on issues that affect Canadians – at any age

Older adults are the fastest-growing age group in Canada. Together with our members and partners, we advocate for critical policy improvements to address urgent needs now and create a more secure and compassionate future for everyone.

Key issues

National Seniors Strategy

Older Canadians are the fastest-growing segment of our population, but gaps in healthcare and social policies are creating barriers to seniors’ independence and inclusion. A coordinated National Seniors Strategy, with dedicated funding and accountable goals, will ensure we meet the evolving needs of seniors.

Geriatric Healthcare

Canada’s population is aging. In 2012, almost one in seven Canadians was a senior. Now the number is more than one in six. By 2030, that will jump to nearly one in four. Our health care system (and social systems) needs to re-think how to address the rising needs of this huge demographic.

Environmental Stewardship

Responsible use of resources, conservation, protecting our air, land and water — improving in all areas is critical to a sustainable future.

Advocacy

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RTOERO advocates at the federal level to improve the future of seniors
RTOERO advocates at the federal level to improve the future of seniors

This spring, RTOERO board members and Political Advocacy Committee members met with federal ministers and members of Parliament to speak about critical issues that matter to seniors across Canada. RTOERO offered its expertise and insight to help policy makers on any questions in which a seniors’ perspective would be useful. 

A United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons to combat ageism and protect seniors
A United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons to combat ageism and protect seniors

On June 9, 2022, during the RTOERO Vibrant Voices webinar Human rights denied: Canadians against ageism, Margaret Gillis and Dr. Kiran Rabheru from the International […]

RTOERO urges Ontarians to speak with one voice this election on issues of dignity, survival
RTOERO urges Ontarians to speak with one voice this election on issues of dignity, survival

Toronto, May 25, 2021 – RTOERO is sounding the alarm on issues of dignity and survival during the federal election campaign. This month, it launched […]

Vibrant Voices advocacy partners

Vibrant Voices is a community-based advocacy campaign supported by nine organizations, representing more than two million older adults and their families.