Access and Resources
The BC Bus Pass Program offers a reduced cost, annual bus pass for low income seniors and clients receiving disability assistance from the Province of British Columbia. Passes are valid in communities serviced by BC Transit or TransLink. The pass is only valid for the eligible rider and is non-transferable. Handy Dart is not included in this program.
The SeniorsBC Province of British Columbia website offers a wide variety of information about government programs and services for seniors.
The Ministry of Health, Seniors’ Healthy Living Secretariat provides information on policy and seniors issues.
The Secretariat’s Seniors Healthy Living Framework outlines their current policy direction.
The Community Action for Seniors’ Independence (CASI) project was a partnership between the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport and United Way of the Lower Mainland. CASI was a three-year project focused on the community-driven design and delivery of independence supports for seniors. It has resulted in the Better At Home project, also through the UWLM. Better At Home will be in 55 communities over the period 2013-15.
Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO) is the largest federation of seniors’ organizations in the Province of British Columbia.
BC211 provides free and confidential information and referral help lines for British Columbians, as well as online access to over 5,600 listings of community, social and government services in the Lower Mainland.
The BC Ministry of Justice provides helpful information for mature drivers and their families who are concerned that their physical ability and mental fitness may put them at risk, including information on the DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment.
Seniors World Newsletter provides updates twice a month with relevant information for seniors and their families.
The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada’ promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination.
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (CCAA) develops, encourages and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for Canadian adults that will enhance the dignity of the aging process.
Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly (Candrive) is an interdisciplinary health related research program dedicated to improving the safety of older drivers. They are looking for a participants to take part part in a variety of studies across the country.