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Posted March 22, 2024

Resources for Aging Tenants - BC/Canada


BC Government guide that provides information to seniors, families, and caregivers on resources and supports for healthy active aging.  This guide has a section on housing, which includes resources for in home support and home adaptations.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation list of resources for Aging in Place.  This page offers guides on accessible housing, preventing falls, as well as housing options for people living with dementia (including a video).

Information on application and eligibility for Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER), which is a rent supplement for low income seniors renting in private market.  SAFER is a program through BC Housing.

Seniors First BC is a non-profit society providing legal psycho-social and justice based supports and resources.  The organization provides education, support and advocacy through their programs, and runs the Elder Law Clinic, allowing them to provide legal services to seniors.  The society also works to prevent elder abuse and to protect human rights.  Seniors First has a Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL); toll free number is: 1-866-437-1940.

The Alzheimer Society of BC provides support, resources and education on Alzheimer’s disease and different types of dementia.  The society supports dementia research and has a Dementia Helpline


Better at Home is a United way program that helps to support the non-medical needs of older adults in BC, assisting with day-to-day tasks so that seniors can continue to live independently in their homes and remain in their communities. Home support services vary depending on community but can include such things as, friendly visiting, transportation, light yard work, minor home repairs, light housekeeping, grocery shopping, and snow shoveling.

BC211 is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver that provides information and referral to community, government, and social services in BC.  By dialing 211 you can access this helpline twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Their focus is to connect people with the help they need.

HealthLinkBC provides a detailed directory of how and where to provide health services in BC.  The directory has a senior’s section with resources on topics such as:  End of life care, Elder Abuse, Home and Community Care, Mental Health, and Transportation.

Senior Services Society is a non-profit agency based in New Westminster that provides local and provincial programs and services to support independent living of vulnerable older adults.  The agency provides support services (including Meal on Wheels), housing services, and education.

Senior Service Society has an extensive housing directory that is searchable by location and by type of housing.  A search by area and type will pull a detailed list of housing providers in the area offering the type of housing a senior may be looking for (types of housing include: assisted living, residential care, co-operative housing etc.)

Senior Service Society has a booklet specifically for building managers who house older adults. The purpose of this booklet is to encourage building managers to deal with issues that may lead to eviction in a proactive way so that eviction may be avoided.

A guidebook created by the Public Health Agency of Canada on home safety for seniors.  The guide looks at ways to keep your home safe, use of safety aids, keeping track of medicine, as well as home adaptations.  The document is designed to assist in safety planning and measures to help prevent falls and other injuries in older adults.

The Office of the Seniors Advocate monitors and analyzes seniors’ services and issues in B.C., and makes recommendations to government and service providers to address systemic issues.

A 2015 Report prepared by the Seniors Advocate of BC that looks at the availability, affordability, and appropriateness of housing for seniors in the province.

The First Nations Health Authority and Province of B.C. have put together a BC Elders’ Guide. The purpose of the Guide is to make sure that Elders, their families, and caregivers have access to information about the programs, services, and resources they need.  The guide has a detailed section on housing.