Statistics Canada predicts that, by 2031, nearly one in four Canadians will be over 65;
A 2015 report by Conference Board of Canada estimates that 2.4 million Canadians over 65 will require continuing care support, both paid and unpaid, by 2026. By 2046, that number will reach nearly 3.3 million;
The total number of volunteers in Canada was lower in 2013 than in 2010. This is a 4.0% decline in the number of Canadian volunteers, while the population aged 15 years and older increased by about one million;
Time banks run on time, not money. They typically offer services needed by people who are older or who have disabilities, including friendly visits, telephone companionship, shopping, transportation, minor home repairs, computer help, relief for family caregivers, and peer counseling;
A time bank would encourage many more Canadians to volunteer their time and have a direct impact on the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities, by valuing and rewarding the time they commit;
A “time bank” would help address additional social needs faced by many of our seniors. The time bank would enable seniors and persons with disabilities to access the help they otherwise would have had to do without.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to foster the creation of Time Bank Canada systems that will encourage more Canadians to contribute their time to the needy, seniors, and persons with disabilities in Canada.
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