SENIORCENTRIC ROUNDUP 2020 05 23 NEWS & VIEWS FROM AROUND THE WEB

WEEKLY QUOTE:A woman identifying herself as Joanne, and another individual working with her, have allegedly been contacting seniors and offering to sign them up for a government benefit in exchange for a 10 percent fee. Most of the targeted seniors have been unaware that the promised benefit was the CERB, or that they likely did not qualify to receive it.

NDP MP Don Davies Vancouver Kingsway

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Seniors need more than one-time top-ups if coronavirus pandemic lingers: advocates

Canadian seniors will need more financial help from the federal government to weather the COVID-19 pandemic if their increased living costs continue for months longer, advocates say.

Organizations representing seniors across the country say they’re grateful the government is supporting older adults with a one-time public pension top-up but worry it won’t be enough — especially if the timing of a promised increase to the Old Age Security (OAS) benefit might be in flux.

During the 2019 election campaign, the Liberals courted seniors’ and retirees’ votes by vowing to both boost the OAS program by 10 per cent for seniors once they turn 75 and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) survivor’s benefit by 25 per cent. These increases would take effect in July 2020, the Liberals said in the fall.

However, in a recent interview on The West Block, the federal minister responsible for seniors wouldn’t say one way or another if the government was on track to fulfill that pledge this summer.

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