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A risky gamble on our national health: examining Alberta’s proposed exit from the Canadian Pension Plan

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Canadian Pension Plan, health, seniors

Abstract (summary)

Alberta's proposed withdrawal from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is of significant importance due to its potential impact on the health outcomes of older adults in Canada. This presentation examines the potential health inequities that could arise from a reduction in CPP funds for seniors in and outside Alberta after a potential implementation of an Alberta Pension Plan (APP). The background encompasses the history and success of the CPP in reducing poverty rates among seniors. It also addresses the challenges and uncertainties surrounding the transition to an APP, particularly in light of economic shifts such as the impending decline of Alberta's oil industry and rising inflation rates. Considering health as a holistic state of well-being, we propose the use of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to analyze the potential health outcomes of Alberta's departure from the CPP. Furthermore, we advocate for increased collaboration between federal and provincial health ministers and health leaders to ensure that all policies are screened for their potential impact on population health, with a focus on protecting the needs of vulnerable groups such as seniors. Overall, this presentation highlights the importance of evidence-based analysis and proactive policymaking to address the potential health repercussions of changes to pension plans affecting Canadian seniors.

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Presented on April 19, 2024, at Student Research Day held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, and November 8, 2023, at the 2023 Chancellor Speaker Series, Student Innovation Challenge held at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

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