Older Adult Justice Act

An Act to establish the Office of the Ombudsman for Older Adult Justice and the Canadian Older Adult Justice Agency and to amend the Criminal Code

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.

Sponsor

Lloyd St. Amand  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Not active, as of Oct. 23, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

Part 1 establishes the Office of the Ombudsman for Older Adult Justice, responsible for promoting the protection of older adult rights, investigating complaints, and referring to the Minister of Justice matters not settled satisfactorily.

Part 2 establishes the Canadian Older Adult Justice Agency, responsible for providing resources to promote the protection of older adult rights, including information on the prevention, detection, assessment, identification and treatment of older adult abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The enactment also amends the Criminal Code to include, as victims of abuse in the commission of an offence, the offender’s father and mother and any person for whom the offender is providing care.

It also includes, for the purpose of sentencing, the vulnerability of the victim as an aggravating circumstance.

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Older Adult Justice ActRoutine Proceedings

October 23rd, 2006 / 3:10 p.m.
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Liberal

Lloyd St. Amand Liberal Brant, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-360, An Act to establish the Office of the Ombudsman for Older Adult Justice and the Canadian Older Adult Justice Agency and to amend the Criminal Code.

Mr. Speaker, the bill is intended to protect Canada's older or oldest citizens from physical, psychological and financial harm.

The bill would establish the office of the ombudsman for older adult justice as well as the Canadian older adult justice agency. As indicated, it would also amend the Criminal Code.

The office of the ombudsman would promote the protection of seniors' rights, investigate complaints and refer certain matters to the Minister of Justice.

The older adult justice agency would provide resources, protecting seniors, including information on preventing and detecting abuse, and the treatment of seniors' abuse, neglect and exploitation.

It is my view that the bill is long overdue. It will, if adopted, increase the awareness among all Canadians that elder abuse is a significant problem that impacts the life of many older adults across Canada.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)