Report – Monitoring Seniors’ Services 2016

The second Monitoring Seniors’ Services is the first annual update to our report on key seniors’ services in the province, highlighting where seniors’ needs are being met, and where improvements are most needed. The report focuses on 2015/16 data, highlighting key services under the Advocate’s legislated mandate.


  • 92% of seniors report having a regular physician.
  • Average and median wait times for residential care grew longer in three of five regional health authorities. The proportion of residents admitted to residential care within 30 days decreased by 11% from the previous year. The number of residential care beds has increased 3.5% since 2012, while seniors aged 85 and older has increased 21% over the same time period.
  • There was an increase of 16% in new users of the property tax deferment program.
  • Since 2005, the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) maximum rent that qualifies for a subsidy has increased 9%, while rents have increased by 34%. There was an 8% increase in the number of individuals on SAFER (91% are 65 and older).