Links Directory

Below are links to community or government resources and services for older adults. The links are categorized as: Advance Planning, Government Benefits, Housing, Health and Well-Being, Legal Services, and Transportation

 

1. Advance Planning:

BC Government: Advance Care Planning Information

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/health-safety/advance-care-planning

BC Government: Incapacity Planning Information

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/incapacity-planning

Nidus: Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

https://www.nidus.ca/

People’s Law School: “Plan for your Future Care” Education Resources

https://www.peopleslawschool.ca/category/plan-your-future-care/

Expected/Planned Home Deaths

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care/care-options-and-cost/end-of-life-care/expected-planned-home-deaths

BC Center for Palliative Care: Resources

https://bc-cpc.ca/all-resources/individuals/acp/acp-resources/

Access Pro Bono Wills Clinic

https://www.accessprobono.ca/our-programs/wills-clinic

Memorial Society of BC: Low-Cost Funeral Services

https://memorialsocietybc.org/

BC Government: Wills and Estate Planning Resources

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/financial-legal-matters/wills-and-estate-planning

 

2. Government Benefits

Old Age Security (OAS)

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security.html

Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security/guaranteed-income-supplement.html

Income assistance for seniors not receiving OAS, including the BC Employment and Assistance Program

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/seniors/financial-legal-matters/income-security-programs

Allowance for the Survivor

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp/old-age-security/guaranteed-income-supplement/allowance-survivor.html

Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/publicpensions/cpp.html

 

3. Housing

BC Government Housing for Seniors Information

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/seniors-housing

BC Rent Bank: Emergency loans and supports for low- to moderate- income individuals at risk of homelessness

https://bcrentbank.ca/

BC Housing: Rental Assistance Programs Information

https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-assistance-programs

Making a Complaint in Assisted Living in BC

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/assisted-living-in-bc/making-a-complaint

Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre: Legal Education and Advocacy for BC Tenants

https://tenants.bc.ca/

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER): Affordable rent for seniors with low-moderate incomes

https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/rental-assistance-programs/SAFER

 

4. Health and Well-Being

VictimLink BC: A confidential victim for victims of crime and abuse

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/victimlinkbc

Disability Alliance BC: information and services for people with disabilities

https://disabilityalliancebc.org/direct-service/apply-for-disability-benefits/

Here to Help BC: Mental Health and Substance Use Information

https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/

BC Mental health and Substance Use Services

http://www.bcmhsus.ca/

 

5. Legal Services

Access Pro Bono: income services for those with low-income

https://www.accessprobono.ca/our-programs/lawyer-referral-service

Society of Notaries Public of BC

https://snpbc.ca/

Community Legal Assistance Society

https://clasbc.net/

Legal Aid BC: legal information and services for low-income individuals

https://lss.bc.ca/

 

6. Support Groups

Family and Caregivers of British Columbia Support Groups

https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/

Thrive: Support group for family and friend caregivers of older adults who use substances or whose health is affected by polypharmacy

https://www.bccsu.ca/thrive/

Parent Support BC

https://www.parentsupportbc.ca/

 

7. Transportation

BC Bus Pass Program: reduced bus pass fees for low-income seniors and people with disabilities

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/passenger-travel/buses-taxis-limos/bus-pass

BC Travel Assistance Program: travel assistance for eligible BC residents who need to see a non-emergency medical specialist not in their community

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/tap-bc/travel-assistance-program-tap-bc

HandyDART: door-to-door transit service for those unable to use conventional public transit without assistance

https://www.translink.ca/rider-guide/transit-accessibility/handydart

ICBC Tips for Senior Drivers

https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/getting-licensed/Pages/Tips-for-Senior-Drivers.aspx