Québec’s Minister responsible for Seniors, Marguerite Blais, carried out a mission to Belgium on October 13 and 14. The greying of the population is a major social policy issue in both Wallonia and Québec. Indeed, people aged 65 and over account for 16% of the population in Québec, and the figure is similar for Wallonia. Minister Blais’s visit was an opportunity for the Government of Québec to tap into the expertise and experience of its Walloon partner, with a view to boosting its effectiveness in creating favourable conditions for seniors’ self-fulfilment.
Blais’s trip to Belgium’s Walloon region was an opportunity for her to meet with Wallonia’s Minister of Health and Social Action and representatives of organizations such as a public social action centre (CPAS), the Union des villes, the Agence de lutte contre la maltraitance des personnes âgées and Infor-Home.
Blais also visited a community home in Héron called “Maison des Châtaigniers.” Thanks to the kind cooperation of ADMR (the agency responsible for rural home care) and its local partner, the CPAS de Héron, she found out how a community home works and met people who live in one.