The province is working on the first phase of its new senior strategy, thanks to Manitobans using EngageMB’s Building a Plan with Older Manitobans public consultation survey.

Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Scott Johnston made the announcement. Based on the survey results, the department will focus on key findings such as affordable and accessible housing options, challenges with the healthcare system, support for seniors with specific needs, and more.

“One of our government’s top priorities is establishing a more comprehensive, responsive system of programs and policies that provides the supports and services seniors need,” says Johnston. “Our government supports the healthy aging of Manitoba seniors and the Department of Seniors and Long-Term Care is working to ensure seniors can safely live independently in their homes, have active lifestyles and the ability to stay connected to their families and communities as long as possible.”

As the strategy is further developed, the province hopes Manitobans continue to partake in additional surveys. Some of these surveys will ask for detailed input on priority areas such as elder abuse, medication and other forms of support, transportation, and caregiver support.

“My colleagues and I will be personally meeting with seniors and their caregivers over the coming months to hear how our government can enhance the supports and services needed,” says Johnston. “Our government is determined to make Manitoba an ideal place for healthy aging in Canada and around the world, and these in-depth consultations will provide critical insight as we build the seniors strategy.”

The new strategy is expected to be completed by early 2023. 

For the full press release from the government of Manitoba, click here.