Access and Resources
Finding Resources Where You Live
Communities across BC have created resources that are helpful to seniors. We have compiled a list of the best ones. Have something to add to it? Please let us know.
BC211 provides free and confidential information and referral help to British Columbians. It also offers online access to over 5,600 listings of community, social and government services in the Lower Mainland.
BCAA Road Safety Foundation
The resource section of the BCAA Road Safety Foundation website has a range of resources, fact sheets and videos that will be helpful to older drivers.
Better At Home
Better at Home is a program funded by the Government of BC and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland. Better at Home’s many services, delivered through local non-profit agencies, support the efforts of seniors to age in place and stay engaged in their communities.
To assist older drivers with the transition from driving, ICBC Driver Licensing Offices (DLOs) in several BC communities have developed senior-friendly resource lists. They show how to access certain essential services locally (like transportation, health supplies and groceries) when you don’t have a car.
The communities for which resource lists have been developed are named below. To request a copy of any list, go to your nearest DLO. Ask a customer service representative to print whichever community list you would like. (Say you lived in Victoria, for example. You could go to either of the DLOs in that city and ask for a copy of the list for Prince George. Then you could send the list to your older family member there.)
For contact addresses and phone numbers for the DLO nearest you, click here. Click the words “Select a Service Location” at the lower centre of that page, then click “Driver licensing office” from the list that drops down. Finally, in the next box down, enter the name of the city or its postal code. Click “find.” A map will appear that shows the location of any DLOs in that area.
Communities for which Senior-Friendly Resource Lists are available:
Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody
Vancouver – Downtown
Vancouver – East Vancouver
Surrey, North Delta, White Rock
Fort St. John
100 Mile House
Smithers, Telkwa, Moricetown
Arrow and Slocan Lakes
Boundary West Kootenay
Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum
Victoria – Saanich Peninsula, Sidney
Victoria – West Shore, Sooke