Mr. Ross Belsher (Fraser Valley East):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada for its innovative and dynamic approach toward the safety of older consumers during this National Consumer Week.
We should keep in mind that each year over 3,000 seniors die and over 67,000 more are hospitalized as a result of an injury. In 1986 injury related expenditures were estimated at $11 billion and injuries are currently the second leading health care problem. Injuries involving consumer products are of particular concern to seniors because of the severe impact they have on their quality of life.
April 27, 1993
As the Canadian population continues to age the number of injuries and related deaths and associated health costs will significantly increase.
The department has introduced initiatives to reduce product related injuries suffered by seniors in their homes. It is working with industry and seniors' groups to make industry aware of the product and packaging needs of the seniors.
The Canadian Seniors Packaging Advisory Council, CSPAC, was established to address seniors' packaging needs. A national working group was formed to promote products of universal design. Such consumer products will make life easier not only for seniors but also for all Canadians.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: CONSUMER AFFAIRS