Resources for Seniors

Affordable HousingSeniors with low incomes who are able to live without any support services or who can continue to live independently with the assistance of home care, may apply for affordable housing developments managed by BC Housing or non-profit and co-op housing providers.
Allowance for the Survivor ProgramThe Allowance for the Survivor Program provides a monthly non-taxable benefit to low-income widowed spouses who are not yet eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
Allowance ProgramThe Allowance is a monthly benefit for low-income seniors (aged 60-64) whose spouse or common-law partner is eligible for, or currently receiving, the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Apply for the Canada Pension PlanThis online service allows you to apply for a Canada Pension Plan Retirement pension.
Assisted LivingThe Assisted Living program assists First Nation members who have functional limitations due to age, health problems or a disability in maintaining their independence, maximizing their level of functioning and living in a safe and healthy environment.
Canadian Government AnnuitiesThe Canadian Government Annuities Branch administers contracts on behalf of individuals who have contributed towards the purchase of an annuity either on their own or through their employers as part of a pension plan.
Canada Pension Plan (CPP)Your contributions to the Canada Pension Plan provide you with a stable and dependable pension you can build on for retirement.
Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions Online RequestThis service allows you to request a copy of your Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions. You should receive your statement by mail within five to ten business days. You must be a resident of Canada to use this service.
Canadian Retirement Income CalculatorPlan your retirement today.
Guaranteed Income SupplementThe Guaranteed Income Supplement provides additional money, on top of the Old Age Security pension, to low-income seniors living in Canada.
Guide to Government of Canada Services for Seniors and their FamiliesYou will find the information in this guide useful if you are: 50 years of age or older; planning for retirement; caring for a senior; or a friend or family member of a senior.
Health CanadaHealth Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health.
Health Information – Travel Assistance ProgramThe Travel Assistance Program offers travel discounts to eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical specialist services not available in their own community, and whose travel expenses are not covered by third-party insurance or other government programs.
Home Adaptations for Seniors IndependenceThe Home Adaptations for Seniors’ Independence program offers financial assistance for minor home adaptations that will help low-income seniors to perform daily activities in their home independently and safely.
Home and Community Care ServicesInformation on services available to seniors.
Home Owners Grant for SeniorsInformation on the Provincial Home Owner Grant. The grant reduces the amount of property taxes you have to pay.
Housing – Independent Living B.C.Independent Living BC (ILBC) offers an option for those seniors who need some assistance but do not want or need 24-hour care.
Housing and Mortgages for SeniorsThis guide will help seniors of all ages to understand some of the options open to them and precautions that they should take when it comes to owning a home, downsizing, paying a mortgage, taking out a reverse mortgage, and selling property.
International BenefitsThe International Benefits program may provide retirement, disability or survivor benefits to eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country, or the surviving spouse, common-law partner or children of eligible individuals who have lived or worked in another country.
Old Age Security PensionThe Old Age Security Pension is a monthly benefit available to most Canadians 65 years of age or older who have lived in Canada for at least 10 years.
Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)The Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) program allows savings for retirement to grow tax free in a special savings plan registered by the Canada Revenue Agency.
SeniorsBCProvides seniors and their families with better access to information on available programs and services.
Seniors Phone LineThis line is a free telephone line providing a one-stop source of information for government services, including information about health services.
Veterans ServicesThe Pension Act, which is administered exclusively by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), provides pension awards to those suffering from disabilities related to military service, either during peace or war time.

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