Elders: promises still too timid

Elders: promises still too timid


Political parties multiplied their commitments to seniors during the election campaign, but were they right on target?

A count of the programs and interventions of five main training courses makes it possible to count no less than 34 different promises to improve the well-being of the elderly or to keep them in the labor market.

However, in the opinion of two experts that we have consulted, all these measures do not go far enough.

According to the associate professor at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) Louis Demers, a big piece is missing, for example, to improve health care for the elderly: the training of the new workforce needed. /p>

“While there is a labor shortage and the number of older people is on the rise, there are no promises to train more [health workers] “, he underlines.


And it's not enough to train them, notes Mr. Demers, we must also revalue these professions whose working conditions have deteriorated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If we have the money to be invested, it should be to encourage people to come and work with a good heart in the health sector and to ensure that these are rewarding professions.

But, in his opinion, talking about training is much less electorally appealing than promising new services.

Mr. Demers also questions the willingness of most parties to increase home care. 

“It’s been 50 years, he explains, that we talk about the need to offer more home care in Quebec. We have added over the years, but never enough to catch up with demand.”

Are we headed in the right direction this time around? Mr. Demers is skeptical about this.


At the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), it is estimated that there are still steps to overcome to improve the retention of older workers in the labor market.

“The party tax measures are a good start, but there is still a lot to be done,” says CPQ chief economist Norma Kozhaya.

For Ms. Kozhaya, it is clear that the question of older workers is a “major issue in Quebec” because of the labor shortage.

In addition to tax incentives, we should also offer flexibility at work, such as working hours reduced or adapted.

“Flexibility, adaptability, choice of mandates are elements that have value,” says Ms. Kozhaya.

Political parties, she believes, are less inclined to talk about it, because “this are less tangible measures than a tax credit”.

Another point: businesses should be helped.

“There could be incentives for businesses themselves , believes Ms. Kozhaya, who would ensure that it remains attractive to them, because there may be costs associated with greater flexibility. 

Main commitments


  • Allowance of $2,000 for those aged 70 and over. 
  • Renovation of dilapidated CHLSDs and preparation of better quality meals. 
  • Continuation of the implementation of the seniors' homes program.&nbsp ;
  • Revision and redesign of the operation of home support. 


  • Introduce long-term care insurance for the elderly. 
  • Substantially improve the tax credit for caregivers. 
  • Increase the Career Extension Tax Credit to $3,000 for those 60 to 64, and to $5,000 for those 65 and over. 
  • Promote access to bigenerational ownership. 
  • Hold a commission of inquiry into the deaths of COVID-19 in CHSLDs. 


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  • Implementation of “safe” staff-patient ratios in CHSLDs. < /li>
  • Train twice as many geriatricians. 
  • Deploy pharmacists in all CLSCs. 
  • Establish intensive care units at home. 
  • Double the basic tax exemption for workers aged 65 and over. 
  • Vacation from contributions to the Pension Plan for workers aged 62 and over. < /li>
  • Drop the seniors' home program. 
  • Improve funding for organizations that care for seniors at home. < /li>


  • Triple the supply of home care. 
  • < li dir="auto">Allocate half of the long-term care budget for home care. 

  • Double the tax credit for caregivers. 
  • $1,000 purchasing power allowance for low-income seniors. 
  • Tax reduction of 15% on the last $35,000 declared in income for people aged 60 and over 
  • Hold a commission of inquiry into the deaths of COVID-19 in CHSLDs. 
  • Create a position of Protector of Elders. 
  • Create a position of Minister Delegate for Solitude. 
  • Drop the program of homes for the elderly. 
  • Cutout of contributions to the Pension Plan for people aged 65 and over who continue to work. 
  • Enhance the Pension Plan to reach 40% of assessed income. 


  • Double the number of seniors receiving care at home. 
  • Increase the share of care for seniors provided at home to 60% within 10 years. 
  • Repatriate all health care for seniors to the public sector. 
  • Pay up to $15,000 per year to caregivers.  
  • Replace the CHSLD with “Local care residences”, managed by families and the community. 
  • Nationalize the Private CHSLDs. 
  • Increase in funding for respite organizations. 
  • Replace the CHSLD with “Local Care Residences” , managed by families and the community. 

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