Income Security


  • Identify concerns and issues relating to the financial well-being of Ottawa seniors
  • Prepare information and develop views and advice to address these concerns
  • Share and exchange such information and advice with other organizations concerned with related policy analysis and advocacy, as well as with other interested partner organizations and individuals
  • Encourage and support governments to adopt and implement policies, programs and administrative practices that improve the income security of current and future Canadian seniors


  • Actively support efforts of the federal government to enhance the data, analytical tools and analyses needed to meet the declared objective of government decision-making based on evidence, particularly where it applies to policies and programs affecting Canadian seniors
  • Statistics Canada’s data systems, Canada Pension Plan reforms, Tax provisions affecting seniors, Revenue Canada’s information and related services (for the elderly), and the Social Development department’s examination of system-wide reforms in cooperation with the provinces/territories, will all receive attention

Key Accomplishments

  • Financial workshops entitled “Planning for Retirement on a Low Income” were provided directly to some 200 seniors in the fall of 2017. These will be further developed to include workshops in French for early 2018. Special thanks to the Ottawa Public Library for their collaboration.
  • A paper entitled “The Grey Tsunami Threat: A Failure of Evidence to Drive Policy” was developed and distributed in 2017 by members of the Expert Panel.
  • A presentation was made by Panel member Richard Shillington to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in September 2017. (On this site scroll down to the name Mr. Richard Shillington)  Click here for his remarks.
  • Letters and briefing notes declaring and setting out the COA Panel’s analyses and views have been sent to federal ministers and senior officials in relevant departments/agencies.
  • Follow up exchanges are taking place and more will be undertaken as the year progresses, offering advice and proposals supported by the Panel’s analyses.

Committee Membership

  • The COA has convened a small panel of income security experts, each of whom has long-standing expertise and experience in policy research and analyses, as well policy development within government, relating to income security programs and reforms
  • The Panel meets regularly to explore current and prospective issues, develop supporting evidence and seek consensus on both materials and advice to put forward to government policy makers, and to share with the wider community
  • The group sessions are chaired by Dr. Russell Robinson, a member of the COA’s Board of Directors