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  • Heat Wave Preparedness and Response
    Heat wave warning are in effect across the province and rising temperatures may put vulnerable seniors at risk. With higher temperatures expected, it is recommended that seniors take some additional precautions and family, friends and neighbours are encouraged to check in on older people to ensure they are keeping cool and well hydrated. The dual …
  • Calling all Volunteers! Give a voice to residents of long-term care
    We’re surveying every long-term care resident in B.C. and we need your help. Join our team of volunteer surveyors to interview seniors about their quality of life in long-term care. No experience necessary. Apply now online.
  • B.C. Seniors Advocate invites British Columbians to participate in landmark survey of people in residential care
    The Office of the Seniors Advocate is launching the second province-wide survey of the experiences of residents living in all 294 publicly-subsidized long-term care homes in B.C. and is calling on all interested British Columbians to join the survey team. Members of the survey team will include British Columbians from a wide variety of backgrounds …
  • Property Tax Deferment Program
    Did you know you may be eligible to defer your property taxes? Property tax deferment is a provincial low-interest loan program that helps qualified homeowners pay their annual property taxes on their principal residence. Taxes can be deferred for any year the homeowner lives in the home and continues to qualify for the program. Who …
  • T5007 Tax Slips for Recipients of the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters
    This year, the CRA has issued T5007 tax slips to SAFER recipients who received more than $500 from the program within the last year. Find out about how this will impact your income tax.
  • One-Time GIS Payment for Seniors Affected by CERB
    The federal government will provide an automatic, one-time repayment to alleviate the financial hardship of seniors who saw a loss of GIS or Allowance.
  • B.C. Speculation Tax and Vacancy Tax
    The speculation and vacancy tax is an annual tax based on how owners use residential properties in major urban areas in B.C. Over 99% of British Columbians are exempt from the speculation and vacancy tax. Generally, a British Columbian owner is exempt from the tax if the home is their principal residence.
  • Income and Affordability Survey
    The Office of the Seniors Advocate is undertaking a survey of B.C. seniors living on low incomes to identify challenges and determine if the financial supports available to them meet their needs. The survey will be mailed out to randomly-selected recipients of the B.C. Senior’s Supplement. The survey deadline is April 8, 2022.
  • Home Support Survey 2021/22
    Home Support Survey Deadline Extended: March 4, 2022
    The Office of the Seniors Advocate has launched the second province-wide survey of Home Support recipients and their families/caregivers. All home support clients and their family/caregivers are invited to participate in this survey.
  • Income Support Impacted by CERB
    The Canadian Economic Recovery Benefit (CERB) in 2020 may have impacted your federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) payments.
  • Wildfires in B.C.
    More than 1500 properties in B.C. remain under evacuation order due to wildfires raging nearby.
  • Heatwave 2021
    A heatwave can be challenging for many British Columbians, especially the elderly.
  • Tax Preparation
    The deadline to file taxes is April 30, 2021. Here are some tips.
  • Fraud Prevention Resources
    March is Fraud Prevention Month, and with reported cases of fraud going up, seniors are encouraged to increase their awareness of current scams and learn how they can protect themselves.