Government Relations Report

Spring 1999 CSANews Issue 31  |  Posted date : Mar 01, 2007.Back to list

Throughout the past year, the CSA has left no stone unturned in our attempts to promote and enhance the independence of members. We have been diligent in our efforts to keep members informed on the issues and concerns that affect their lifestyle. These concerns have been wide and varied.

Some of the many issues on which we are currently working are:

  • The processes to protect the Canada Health Act, which is the foundation of the Canadian Medicare system.
  • Renewal procedures for obtaining a passport.
  • Restrictive prescription drug policies in many provinces.
  • Amending provincial residency regulations in provinces that restrict the rights of their residents to travel, even within Canada, after being absent from the province for 182 days.

When reviewing the past successes and the new initiatives of the Canadian Snowbird Association's Government Relations Committee, we realized just how very much we, as an association, have accomplished in a very short period of time and how much we still have to do.

To that end, each and every lifetime, new and renewing member will receive a 24-page Special Report, chronicling both the activities of the Canadian Snowbird Association as well as a cross-country analysis of the issues we consider to directly impact our members' lives. It will also outline the importance of your association as a lobby group on behalf of Canadian seniors - and how your contributions to the Special Action Fund have been put to work to benefit all travelling Canadians.

Province by province, we will examine each government's compliance with the Canada Health Act - from British Columbia's $75 per day to the Northwest Territories' $818 per day. We'll take a look at out-of-province prescription drug policies, and how well travelling seniors fare coast to coast.

We'll explore the provincial residency regulations, including Ontario's recent improvement in provincial residency requirements from 183 days to 153 days. While some provinces are exhibiting common sense by letting their residents travel, many others still have invisible barriers in place.

Jerry White will be outlining the softening of regulations for snowbirds investing in RRSPs while out of Canada, and you'll read Wallace Weylie's reports on the various cross-border issues that affect all Canadian travellers.

Your CSA Government Relations Committee is effecting real change in Canada. Help us to do more by supporting your Special Action Fund.