What is CARP?
CARP (Canadian Association for Retired Persons) is Canada’s largest advocacy association for older Canadians, and has more than 300,000 members aged 50 plus. As a non-partisan association that works with all parties in government to advocate for better healthcare, financial security, and freedom from ageism, CARP and its Members have already managed to successfully advocate for:
- Increasing the Canada’s Pension Plan (CPP)
- Bringing Old Age Security (OAS) Eligibility back down to 65
- Securing $3 Billion in Homecare Funding
- An Extra $1,000 a Year for Canada’s Poorest Seniors
- Reduced Senior’s Drug Co-pays in Ontario and Nova Scotia and influencing the Government to add new drugs to provincial formularies.
In May 2017, Canada’s National Census revealed that for the first time ever seniors outnumber children in Canada. Policy-making that affects older Canadians is more important now than it has ever been, so the CARP has become more important than ever in making sure that older Canadians are well-represented and that their voices are heard.
CARP is a not-for-profit organization and does not receive government funding. Instead, it’s funded through CARP membership fees and through contributions from affinity partnerships.
As well as helping to fund the CARP’s advocacy mission, CARP members engage in polls and petitions, email their elected representatives, connect with local chapters and share stories and opinions on urgent issues. There are chapters all over the country where members get together to advocate for local change while also supporting national efforts.
As well as having an active role in advocating for older Canadians, being a member of the CARP brings other benefits. Two benefits in particular are:
- Many CARP chapters also sponsor events of interest to those who are 45+ in their communities.
- Members are rewarded with discounts on everyday products from CARP’s trusted partners.
The CARP’s Trusted Partners Program
Through its ‘trusted partners’ program, CARP recommends brands and products to its members. Only brands that meet CARP’s high standards for product excellence, customer service and that have been proven to really benefit their members are chosen, so Stannah Canada is proud to be the only stairlift manufacturer in Canada to have received the “CARP approved” recognition.
CARP is an important advocate for the rights of seniors, and we are proud to be associated with them, helping them in their cause. Being a CARP trusted partner means a lot more than just having our name on a list. Stannah are actively involved with the CARP and our GM in Canada, Jim Closs has been present at several of their chapter meetings, and has spoken about everything from the myths and the realities of stairlift ownership to the apps we’ve been busy developing to help seniors maintain their balance as they age.
We support CARP in their mission, and are pleased to be able to speak to their members. We have so much valuable information about how to age in place safely and comfortably, that being able to share this information with people who are passionate about advocating for older Canadians is invaluable.
We hope to be able to continue to work with CARP for many years, to support their mission and really make a difference.
Find out which other associations Stannah Canada is affiliated with here.