2017 federal byelections
On April 3, 2017, federal byelections were held in five federal ridings:
- Calgary Heritage (Alberta)
- Calgary Midnapore (Alberta)
- Markham-Thornhill (Ontario)
- Ottawa-Vanier (Ontario)
- Saint-Laurent (Quebec)
Before election day, CNA urged Canadians in these ridings to take action by calling on candidates to support the need for:
- Transparent accountability on spending federal home care dollars
- Improved support for family caregivers
We offered several documents to help voters get their message across:
- Byelection primer [PDF, 117.3 KB] — key questions voters could ask the federal candidates
- Tips and tools [PDF, 84.5 KB] — advice on how to get their voice heard before election day
- Home care fact sheets on nurses [PDF, 91.6 KB] and caregivers [PDF, 109.1 KB]
We also helped voters learn more about the byelections and the candidates from elections.ca and about the main parties’ platforms from their websites:
2015 federal election
For the 2015 federal election, CNA implemented a Health Is Where the Home Is campaign to help bring improvements to seniors care and healthy aging. Thank you to everyone who participated. Your efforts made a meaningful difference.
Visit Elections Canada for the complete summary and results of the 42nd general election.
- Common standards for home health care
Home care in Canada is currently a patchwork, with a mix of varied public and private services among the provinces and territories. As a result, Canadians’ access to health care at home has more to do with where they live than what they need. By establishing common standards across Canada, the federal government could make sure Canadians have equitable access to a certain level of care.
- More support to family caregivers
Canadians who provide care for aging family members are indispensable to the well-being of our seniors and to our overburdened health-care system. Giving them more support would give a hand up to Canadians who must balance jobs and families while caring for an aging relative or friend.
- Improved community- and home-based health promotion
Preventive activities and programs can help seniors maintain or improve their health. The biggest benefit of these activities is that they can reduce falls — the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors. Exercise programs that improve balance and strength are one of the most effective and low-cost ways to improve a person’s stability. They also help manage chronic diseases and improve seniors’ social engagement.
Learn more about CNA’s strategy in our election primer [PDF, 146 KB] and home care issues summary [PDF, 173.3 KB].
Soon after the election was announced, CNA invited the main federal parties to answer our 2015 federal election health care questionnaire [PDF, 147.1 KB]. We asked them to set out their positions on home health care standards, support for informal caregivers and healthy active aging programs. See how the parties responded:
CNA hosted four campaign town halls to bring the important conversation of seniors care and healthy aging into the communities. Thank you to the residents who joined us in Mississauga-Streetsville, Ont., Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, N.B., Vancouver Granville, B.C. and Edmonton Strathcona, Alta. For summaries and photos of these events, visit 2015 Election Town Halls.
We would like to thank everyone that supported the events, including the following:
A number of key stakeholder groups supported CNA’s campaign recommendations, such as CARP, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Caregiver Network.
CNA was overwhelmed by the response on social media. See our Twitter feed (below) to see just some of the #homeishealth messages we received. If you don’t already, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
CNA responded to media outlets that covered our campaign, including interviews for CBC Radio (heard in various cities), the CTV News Channel, CTV Ottawa Morning Live, News 95.7 in Halifax and C-FAX 1070 in Victoria, and an op-ed in Ottawa’s Hill Times.
On September 21 and 24, CNA hosted two webinars for the public. Watch the archived presentations to learn more about CNA’s healthy aging and seniors care strategy and our interactive campaign.