Seniors Forum Terms of Reference & Key Priorities
The Toronto Seniors’ Forum Members Identified Five Priority Areas to Address
These priorities were further refined after a wider community consultation process.
In the area of housing and accommodation and long-term care, Toronto City Council should:
- Increase affordable housing for seniors with targets to reduce waiting times
- Increase efforts to modify, restore and repair existing properties
- Increase the available stock of barrier-free housing
- Increase the number of long-term care homes
- Ensure that long-term care services are provided in a culturally sensitive manner.
In the area of financial resources and service access, Toronto City Council should:
- Adequately fund translation services according to demographics (i.e., largest language groups)
- Lower the cost of the seniors’ TTC pass
- Increase the availability of transportation for non-medical appointments
- Provide recreation programming without fees
- Reduce the fees for seniors’ groups providing programming in recreation centres.
In the area of health, environment and culturally sensitive services, Toronto City Council should:
- Provide a full range of dental care for low-income seniors
- Review and raise the current financial cut-offs for access to subsidized dental care.
In the area of safety, security and legal protection, Toronto City Council should:
- Increase the Toronto Police Service program to educate seniors about telephone and other types of fraud
- Increase community programs that encourage communities and neighbours to watch out for seniors
- Increase the oversized street sign program.
In the area of senior participation and leadership/advocacy, Toronto City Council should:
- Increase opportunities for seniors to take part and advocate, through initiatives like the Toronto Seniors’ Forum
- Increase leadership/advocacy training opportunities for seniors
- Provide honorariums
- Encourage seniors to volunteer in their communities.