Employment Equality for Older Adults (65+)
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Accordingly to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, a Canadian has the right to seek employment anywhere in Canada without being discriminated against. Similarly, the Ontario Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination based on age, disability, gender (and more) in areas such as employment. However discrimination against older adults seeking employment remains a major problem within our society. Older adults who are seeking employment are being turned away by employers due to being unjustly discriminated against as a result of their age. Due to this, older adults may face poverty for not being able to financially support themselves.This type of oppression must be eliminated in order to help improve the overall quality of life of Canadian older adults. The first step we must take is to ensure that Older Adults receive more government support on the issue of unemployment. I specifically suggest for Canadian Older Adults to be added under the protection of the Employment Equity Act to help eliminate the practices of discrimination against Older Adults seeking employment. I would like to make this appeal on the issue of unemployed older adults to Patricia Hajdu (Minister of Employment, Workplace Development and Labour.
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