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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.

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The BC Senior’s Supplement was introduced in 1987. It is a monthly payment from the provincial government to low-income seniors, age 65 and older,  who need a “top-up” to bring their Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement incomes up to a conditionally guaranteed minimum income level. Seniors who qualify for the BC Seniors … Continued

Changes to Long-term Care and Assisted Living Visitation With vaccines bringing an important layer of protection for people living in long-term care and assisted living, visitor restrictions have been eased. Starting this month, all residents in long-term care and assisted living can have frequent, routine social visitation opportunities. Eased restrictions include: Removing the requirement for … Continued

Between January 13 and March 3, newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 decreased by 98% among long-term care (LTC) residents and staff. On January 13 there were 245 new cases compared to the weeks of both February 24 and March 3 when there were only 4 new cases each week. The following chart illustrates the decrease. … Continued

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. Every year, people of all ages, including youth and seniors, fall victim to fraud. In fact, 34% of Canadians reported being targeted by scammers in … Continued

Today we are celebrating the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, and National Seniors Day in Canada and here in B.C. The United Nations designated October 1 as a day to recognize the accomplishments and essential contributions of seniors around the world in 1990.   Click here to read the full statement

News Release – Tax Reminder The Seniors Advocate reinforces the importance of seniors filing income tax returns, as eligibility for a number of subsidies is based on income tax information.

B.C. Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, urges seniors to check if they are eligible for full or partial payment of their monthly MSP Premium. View statement here

Advocate applauds decision to not increase monthly bus passes for seniors, but is recommending a more graduated approach for low-income seniors. View the news release