The Chair was invited to launch the Governmental Action Plan to Counter Elder Mistreatment 2017-2022. The launch of this second action plan was held in Québec City on June 15, 2017, the date of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Minister responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying, Francine Charbonneau, announced a total investment of $ 45.8 million over six years for the implementation of the plan, which has a total of 52 measures.

Of this amount, $ 25.8 million represents additional funding since the first governmental action plan. All the measures in the plan are grouped under four main headings: preventing mistreatment and promoting wellness; encouraging early identification and appropriate intervention; encouraging and facilitating the disclosure of situations of mistreatment, including physical and financial mistreatment; developing knowledge and improving the transfer of knowledge (Free translation). Among the measures announced, the four structuring actions of the first governmental action plan, having proven relevant with convincing results, have been renewed: the public awareness campaign, the Ligne Aide Abus Aînés (Elder Mistreatment Helpline), the team of regional coordinators as well as the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults. Concerning the support of the Chair, negotiations will take place between the University de Sherbrooke and the Ministry in order to formalise the agreement.

The governmental action plan includes several new measures, including a Québec survey on the prevalence of the mistreatment of older adults, to which the Chair will contribute. The action plan also presents two new government priorities. The first is to counter material and financial abuse. In fact, 20% of the measures presented relate to this type of mistreatment, which is the most encountered in the field in Quebec. The second is to promote wellness in order to prevent mistreatment. To do this, the Government of Québec defines the approach to wellness and proposes concrete ways to promote it.

Consult the Governmental Action Plan to Counter Elder Mistreatment 2017-2022 to learn more.