In developing the Framework, it is the LCO’s objective that the Framework and the accompanying Final Report will be broadly useful in advancing the law as it affects older adults, and in particular that it will assist in ensuring that laws, policies and practices reflect the aspirations of older adults, take into account their particular circumstances and experiences, are effectively implemented and are accessible to older persons. Therefore,
the LCO recommends that:
1. Organizations and individuals that currently have or will develop laws, policies and practice that may affect older adults adopt and use the Framework, and in particular that:
a. The Government of Ontario adopt the Framework for the Law as It Affects Older Adults and its ministries disseminate it to their policy, program development and legislative staff, as an aid to developing laws, policies and practices that are responsive to older adults.
b. Ontario municipalities adopt the Framework and disseminate it to their policy, program development and legislative staff, as an aid to developing by-laws, policies and practices that are responsive to older adults.
c. Broader public sector organizations make use of the Framework for the Law as It Affects Older Adults in developing policies and programs that may affect older adults.
d. Private actors, such as employers, landlords, financial institutions, service providers and professional organizations and others, make use of the Framework in developing policies and programs that may affect older adults.
e. Legal organizations such as the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association adopt the Framework for their own advocacy, law reform and policy development work, and provide information about the Framework to their members.
f. Those who interpret the law have access to the Framework as a resource in understanding the potential effects of laws and policies on older adults.
g. Advocacy and community organizations that represent, serve or are made up of older adults make use of the Framework in their law reform efforts.
2. The relevant Ontario government ministries, in consultation with the above identified organizations and with older adults themselves, review the use of the Framework after a period of seven years, with a view to ensuring that it remains current and meaningful.
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