In times of global economic uncertainty, it is up to all of us to help those most in need.
Seniors are among the most affected by this uncertainty. Recently, I had a chance to speak with a group of seniors from our constituency of The Maples who shared with me their challenges. This meeting gave me a chance to inform them about what our government is doing to help in the form of subsidies and programs.
During our visit, the group of seniors shared their experience during The Great Depression of the 1930s. They shared memories of hunger, unemployment, and watching their parents sink into financial ruin. The tremendous impact of these experiences on our parents and grandparents is a good reminder of why we work so hard to protect families and seniors in Manitoba today. We are protecting those in need while simultaneously growing our economy and creating opportunities for the future.
Our government is taking proactive measures to provide seniors with the supports they need — something that the business community cannot do alone. For example, one of our programs that does the most to protect seniors, especially those on fixed incomes, is Pharmacare. Without this program subsidy, soaring prescription costs could be crippling for seniors.
Today, Manitoba’s Aging in Place strategy is helping seniors stay in their homes and communities longer, as well as giving them options to continue to contribute to the social, civic and economic life of the community. We increased RentAid to subsidize low-income seniors who rent in the private market. For older Manitobans who need a higher level of care, we’ve added over 1,000 new personal care home and supportive housing beds throughout the province, and we have over 300 more in development right now.
It was a pleasure to hear the life stories of these seniors and to share information about some of Manitoba’s supports they were not aware of before. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 204-632-7933 or email me at Mohinder.Saran@yourmanitoba.ca.