International Longevity Centres are leading edge policy shapers established to advocate for the needs and rights of older people in their respective countries. Through research, policy development and training, ILCs aim to identify ways through which people can lead healthy, fulfilling and active lives. 

We seek to ensure that older people have opportunities for social and civic engagement and to enlighten the public about the resources older persons possess and contribute to society. We are valuable resources for policy makers, governments, industry, academic institutions and other stakeholders on matters pertaining to healthy active aging.

ILC Canada is an independent, non-partisan, strategic policy body. Our home and partner is the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, with which we will focus on questions of autonomy, functioning and longevity.

The need for an International Longevity Centre in Canada is paramount. Canadian society is aging and the demographics are clear. There will soon be more people in Canada over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. These demographic shifts have major implications for Canadian society both socially and economically, making advance planning critical. These realities could create a strain on resources unless older people have the ability to stay healthy, secure and engaged in society. 

While ILC Canada is concerned with a range of issues affecting all of the aging, we have a particular interest in the area of health and long-term care and we pay attention to groups at risk: low income seniors, recent immigrants to Canada, Aboriginal seniors, socially isolated seniors and older-age seniors.

In conjunction with the ILC Global Alliance we will access the latest international evidence. As an internationally accredited policy organization that is aligned with the World Health Organization’s vision on active, healthy aging ILC Canada will work with academic institutions, the private sector, civil society and governments to inform and influence important decision making processes.

ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting July 24th, 2018

The International Longevity Centre-Canada and the LIFE Research Institute at the University of Ottawa hosted a Side Event at the Open-Ended Working Group called The Right to be My Older Self: A North-South Discussion on Long-Term and Palliative Care, Autonomy and Independence. The speakers discussed the state of long-term and palliative care and also heard about older persons' ability to control autonomy and independence. Once again, ILC-Canada advocated for the UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

 

Speakers included:

  • Ms. Louise Blais, Deputy Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.
  • Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President, Canadian Medical Association.

  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.
  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.

  • Ms. Verene Nyirabalinda, NSINDAGIZA, Rwanda.
  • Dr. Kiran Rabheru, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor, University of Ottawa and member of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre

  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

    Watch us on UN Web TV:

 

 

 

ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting December 14th, 2016

At the Side-Event, the International Longevity Centre and the University of Ottawa discussed the devastating impact that ageism has on older people, what is being done about it and what more can be done. We also discussed the merits of a possible Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

 

Speakers included:

  • Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
  • Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the first Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older persons appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.

  • Dr. Kiran Rabheru, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor, University of Ottawa and member of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre

  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

  • Mr. Gordon DiGiacomo, Senior Fellow at the Centre of Governance, University of Ottawa.

  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.

    Watch us on UN Web TV:

 

Margaret Gillis speaks at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals

On March 26th, 2015, ILC President Margaret Gillis spoke on behalf of the Subgroup on Aging which represents the interests of over 800 million older people globally. Margaret drew attention to the fact that older people were ignored in some key areas of the Sustainable Development Goals and that data was required to ensure that they were not left behind. Notably, the final Sustainable Development Goals made key gains for older people.

 

 

Dr. Louise Plouffe speaks to the Open Ended Working Group

 

Dr. Louise Plouffe spoke at the Morning Session of the Open Eneded Working Group on Aging, posing questions to the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons Rosa Kornfeld-Matte. Louise begins speaking at 2:20:38 and stops at 2:22:44, raising questions such as the access to euthanasia type programs allowing for dying with dignity while many patients are not allowed to seek improvements for their chronic pain or other chronic conditions.

 

 

ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting July 24th, 2018

The International Longevity Centre-Canada and the LIFE Research Institute at the University of Ottawa hosted a Side Event at the Open-Ended Working Group called The Right to be My Older Self: A North-South Discussion on Long-Term and Palliative Care, Autonomy and Independence. The speakers discussed the state of long-term and palliative care and also heard about older persons' ability to control autonomy and independence. Once again, ILC-Canada advocated for the UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

 

Speakers included:

  • Ms. Louise Blais, Deputy Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.
  • Dr. Laurent Marcoux, President, Canadian Medical Association.

  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.
  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.

  • Ms. Verene Nyirabalinda, NSINDAGIZA, Rwanda.
  • Dr. Kieran Rabheru, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor, University of Ottawa and member of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre

  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

    Watch us on UN Web TV:

 

 

ILC Canada/LIFE Research Institute hosts a UN Side-Event at the Open-Ended Working Group meeting December 14th, 2016

At the Side-Event, the International Longevity Centre and the University of Ottawa discussed the devastating impact that ageism has on older people, what is being done about it and what more can be done. We also discussed the merits of a possible Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.

 

Speakers included:

  • Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations
  • Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, the first Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older persons appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa.

  • Dr. Kieran Rabheru, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Professor, University of Ottawa and member of the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Centre

  • Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the LIFE Research Institute, University of Ottawa.

  • Mr. Gordon DiGiacomo, Senior Fellow at the Centre of Governance, University of Ottawa.

  • Dr. Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of ILC-Brazil.

    Watch us on UN Web TV: 

Margaret Gillis speaks at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals

On March 26th, 2015, ILC President Margaret Gillis spoke on behalf of the Subgroup on Aging which represents the interests of over 800 million older people globally. Margaret drew attention to the fact that older people were ignored in some key areas of the Sustainable Development Goals and that data was required to ensure that they were not left behind. Notably, the final Sustainable Development Goals made key gains for older people.

 

http://webtv.un.org/watch/5th-meeting-sustainable-development-goals-and-targets-post-2015-intergovernmental-negotiations-23-27-march-2015-general-assembly-informal-meeting/4134154163001

 

Dr. Louise Plouffe speaks to the Open Ended Working Group

Dr. Louise Plouffe spoke at the Morning Session of the Open Eneded Working Group on Aging, posing questions to the Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of All Human Rights by Older Persons Rosa Kornfeld-Matte. Louise begins speaking at 2:20:38 and stops at 2:22:44, raising questions such as the access to euthanasia type programs allowing for dying with dignity while many patients are not allowed to seek improvements for their chronic pain or other chronic conditions.