2019 Federal budget
Following the announcement by Minister Bill Morneau of the 2019 budget, the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies welcomes the measures presented, which will have a major impact on people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers:
The budget of 2019 proposes to spend a significant additional $ 100 million over five years, and $ 20 million per year thereafter, on the New Horizons for Seniors Program to continue to improve the quality of life for seniors and to better encourage them to participate in their community's activities
The appointment of a new Minister for elderly to help the government better understand the needs of Canadian seniors and to ensure that programs and services are designed in a meaningful way to meet these needs,
$ 6 billion over 10 years for home care, to allow provinces and the territories to improve access to home care, community care and palliative care;
Facilitate the submission of EI claims to caregivers and introduce a new Employment Insurance benefit for caregivers up to 15 weeks to support individuals who provide care to an adult member of their family that requires significant support to recover from a serious illness or injury;
In 2018 Budget, the government announced an investment of $ 20 million over 5 years and $ 4 million annually thereafter to support the national strategy on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In Budget 2019, the government proposes to provide the Public Health Agency of Canada with $ 50 million over five years, starting in 2019-20.
This investment is a great news and we look forward to seeing more and strong initiatives as our government prepares and implements the national strategy on cognitive diseases, "said Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada and co-chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Dementia. Sylvie Grenier, Executive Director of the Federation to add that "significant investments are expected to meet the growing needs and thus support communities and Alzheimer Societies to better support people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers".