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HelpAge Canada works to improve and maintain the quality of life of vulnerable older persons and their communities in Canada and around the world.


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from the Haiti


Welcome to HelpAge Canada

HelpAge Canada is Canada’s only organization dedicated exclusively to helping older people in Canada and the developing world. We have 40 years of experience working for older people and helping them overcome poverty, claim their rights, challenge discrimination and helping them lead dignified, secure, and healthy lives. HelpAge Canada is a founding member of HelpAge International and is part of a global network of organizations operating in more than 80 countries that help thousands every day.

Bringing about change by:

Empowering people:

Empowering older persons happens in many ways. Offering an older woman the chance to start an income generating activity means that she will be able to support herself as well as the grandchildren that might be under her care. Restoring a man's eyesight means he can now become independent. Creating an association through which seniors can discuss their concerns and claim their rights can help make people realize they can change their life conditions. The same type of transformation occurs when older people benefit from physiotherapy and regain their mobility, or when they are given dentures or eye glasses. The impact that HelpAge Canada has on the well-being and self-worth of those impacted by their programs can be extraordinary.

Providing assistance:

Around the world, older persons are often neglected by government programs and aid projects. In the form of individual sponsorships, HelpAge Canada provides assistance in nine countries to older persons in need of basic resources such as food, shelter and healthcare. HelpAge has also begun focusing on older persons who belong to marginalized groups and retired activists, people who spent their lives promoting peace and human rights. In some cases, HelpAge Canada provides assistance to older victims of sexual violence, and helps rebuild houses that were damaged or destroyed by natural disasters.


Latest Updates

January 12, 2015 - Five years on from the Haiti earthquake

By Beth Howgate / HelpAge International

Five years on from the earthquake in Haiti that killed 230,000 people and displaced 1.5 million,  HelpAge International has moved at least 1,000 older people into new homes. We have also set up 16 older people's associations to provide long term support.

Once in their homes, we provided older people with financial support for the first year after relocation. This enabled them to pay their rent, obtain health insurance and cover school costs for any dependant grandchildren.


December 8, 2014 - HelpAge International assesses damage caused by Typhoon Hagupit

By Sarah Marzouk - HelpAge International

Tropical storm Hagupit is heading to Manila, but has been downgraded from a typhoon after crossing the country.

Thousands of people are heading home after about a million people were evacuated from vulnerable areas.


October 1, 2014 - HelpAge Canada Co-hosts Press Event with Minister of State for Seniors

To mark International Day of Older Persons and launch the Global AgeWatch Index, HelpAge Canada participated in a media event on Oct. 1 with Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors. Get more information on the Global AgeWatch Index, and Canada's rank of #4.