I believe we should be raising the age at which you are required to withdraw from your RRSP, and we should also be looking at whether we continue to recalibrate CPP and OAS in terms of how long we can defer it for and what the rewards are for deferring to age 70. What if we pushed it to age 75? What about if we pushed it to age 80?
It's another way of getting to what Bonnie-Jeanne is alluding to, which is that you could view it—if you can push it off far enough—as the insurance policy for those later years when you're actually going to be needing to buy more help with your activities of daily living than you are currently.
About 25% to 26% of Canadians aged 65 to 69 are still actively engaged in the labour force, and it is still about 7% when we look past age 70. We want to be careful not to de-incentivize people to remain in the labour force when they are actually able to but for financial reasons it doesn't make sense. We want people engaged in the labour force for a whole host of reasons.
One of the issues this committee is looking at is the isolation and engagement of seniors, and sometimes there is no better way to do that than through employment, through the workplace. This is not to say we should compel people to work who are unable to do so because of some of the chronic conditions that develop as we age, making it difficult for us to work. But neither should those who are perfectly capable and wanting to work be economically penalized for it.
I agree with RRSP raising, but we also need to keep looking at the CPP and OAS, and see whether we need to be pushing a bit further out on that as well.