FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa to discuss the New Brunswick economy and senior care in the province.

“We are working hard to find new ways to keep New Brunswick seniors active, healthy and in their homes for as long as possible,” said Gallant. “With an aging population comes pressure on our workforce, health care and senior care. The whole country will soon be facing the challenges of an aging population, but New Brunswick is facing it right now.”

The provincial government provides various support services for seniors to help them remain healthy and independent in their own communities, and is also investing in the construction of new nursing homes as well as upgrades to existing ones.

Gallant has been proposing to the federal government that a pilot project regarding healthy seniors be established by both governments in New Brunswick. The goal would be to find ways to deliver even better senior care in the context of an aging population.

“Working with the federal government we can figure out how to overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities that come with an aging population before it hits the rest of the country,” said Gallant. “This project would help our province overcome economic and fiscal challenges associated with an aging demographic while providing a better quality of life for seniors in New Brunswick.”

Fostering healthy aging and support for seniors is one of the seven priority areas outlined in the New Brunswick Family Plan framework, which also focuses government action on: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with addictions and mental health challenges; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty and providing support for persons living with a disability.