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Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press June 15, 2021 
Ce rapport s’appuie sur les données du recensement de 2016 pour fournir une analyse intersectionnelle du revenu des aînés et de l’épargne-retraite au sein de la population adulte au Canada. Il cherche à déterminer si deux objectifs fondamentaux de la politique gouvernementale—la sécurité de la retraite et la réduction de la pauvreté chez les aînés—sont atteints de manière équitable. Écarts de revenus de retraite documente l’écart de revenu entre les aînés blancs, racialisés et autochtones, et se penche sur l’épargne-retraite au sein de ces groupes.
This paper draws on 2016 census data to provide an intersectional analysis of seniors’ income and of retirement savings among the adult population in Canada. It considers whether two core objectives of government policy— retirement security and reduction of seniors’ poverty—are being achieved equitably. Colour-coded Retirement documents the income gap between white, racialized and Indigenous seniors and it examines retirement savings for these groups. The data reveal significant differences in both income and savings among these groups.
Selon une nouvelle étude que publie aujourd’hui le Centre canadien de politiques alternatives, les aînés autochtones et racialisés jouissent d’une moins bonne sécurité de la retraite et sont affligés par un taux de pauvreté plus élevé que les aînés blancs au Canada.   « L’étude montre clairement que la sécurité de la retraite, dans les faits, se classe par couleur au Canada », déclare Grace-Edward Galabuzi, co-auteur du rapport et professeur agrégé au Département de politique et d’administration publique de l’Université X.  
Indigenous and racialized seniors have less retirement security and higher poverty rates than white seniors in Canada, according to a new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “The study clearly shows that retirement security is, in fact, colour coded in Canada,” says report co-author Grace-Edward Galabuzi, who is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at X University.
The evidence is clear, overwhelming and tragic: Canada has a fundamental problem providing quality long-term residential care (LTC) to those whose lives and well-being depend upon it. Although many LTC homes did not experience high COVID-19 death rates, over two-thirds of Canada’s overall deaths occurred in these homes, a ratio more than 50% higher than in other OECD countries.
TORONTO – With licenses for more than 30,000 long-term care beds set to expire in 2025 and 15,000 new beds in the works, a group of eminent public policy experts is calling on Queen’s Park to develop them all as public non-profit beds as a first step in “an orderly and phased reduction of for-profit long-term care in Ontario.”
In the Speech from the Throne this September, the Trudeau government said it “remains committed to a national, universal pharmacare program and will accelerate steps to achieve this system.” That is an improvement over the Liberals' pledge, during the 2019 federal election, to provide $6 billion over four years as a "down payment" on pharmacare. How much of an improvement remains to be seen. 

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