Senior Policy and Advocacy

Seniors transportation raises new and complex policy issues. The articles and reports listed below explore these issues and offer insights that will be useful for policy development. The seniors organizations listed under “Advocacy” work energetically on behalf of seniors and the issues that affect them.



Case_for_Age Friendly Communities, Portland State University, Institute on Aging. February 2016.

Aging, Gender and Neighbourhood Determinants of Distance Traveled: A Multilevel Analysis in the Hamilton CMA. Ruben Mercado and Antonio Páez. SEDAP Research Paper 209, June, 2007.

Transport Policy in Aging Societies: An International Comparison and Implications for Canada. R. Mercado, A. Páez, D.M. Scott, K.B. Newbold and P. Kanaroglou. The Open Transportation Journal, Vol. 1, 1-13, 2007.

Policy Spheres and Elderly Transportation Needs: A Case Study of Ontario, Canada. Ruben Mercado, Antonio Páez, K. Bruce Newbold, and Antonio Paez. Centre for Spatial Analysis/School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University.

Bus Routes for the Elderly. Urban Transportation Showcase Program, Transport Canada, January 2010.

The BC Ministry of Justice provides helpful information when a senior’s physical and mental fitness to drive falls into question – by the senior, or by his or her family. Also included is information on the DriveABLE Cognitive Assessment.

The website offers a wide variety of information about government programs and services for seniors. The Seniors Healthy Living Framework of the Seniors’ Directorate outlines its current policy direction.

Government of Canada – Aging & Seniors provides information on a range of issues relevant to seniors, with links to government and other programs.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging Final Report, Canada’s Aging Population: Seizing the Opportunity (April 2009), addressed a range of problems relating to seniors, including transportation.

In addition, see Research of Interest to Seniors.

The Representative for Seniors (Bill M 203) was created to improve systems of care and support for seniors and their families in BC. Click here for more details.

Click here for the Acts and Regulations governing services for BC seniors who have health care.

BC’s Ombudsperson has produced two “Best of Care” reports relating to seniors:

Best of Care: Getting It Right for Seniors in British Columbia – Part 1, December 2009 – The first report focuses on the most frail and vulnerable seniors – those who need 24-hour care provided in residential care facilities.

Best of Care: Getting It Right for Seniors in British Columbia, Part 2, February 2012 – The second report looks at home and community care issues affecting seniors.


In November 2013 the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives produced a report and short video in response.




Created in 1995, the Active Living Coalition for Older Adults(ALCOA) is a partnership of organizations and individuals interested in the field of aging. ALCOA encourages older Canadians to maintain and enhance their well-being and independence through daily physical activities.

BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BCCEAS) is committed to protecting the legal rights of older adults. It strives to increase their access to justice and to inform the public about elder abuse. It also provides supportive programs for older adults who have been abused. In 2008 BCCEAS opened the Elder Law Clinic, the first legal aid clinic for older adults in Western Canada.

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to a “New Vision of Aging for Canada”. CARP promotes 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 in order to make their aging process more dignified.

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.

Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia is an interdisciplinary research centre located at the University of British Columbia. The Centre advocates an approach to dementia and dementia care that focuses on the individual and their social interactions.

Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of British Columbia (COSCO) is the largest federation of seniors organizations in the Province of British Columbia.

National Institute for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) is an international network of researchers, practitioners, students and seniors dedicated to improving the care of older adults in Canada and abroad. Members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy and law.

Senior Living Magazine, produced in Victoria, provides updates twice a month with information relevant to seniors and their families around the world.

SFU Gerontology Research Centre has a commitment to high-quality research and knowledge transfer. It is the Secretariat for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.


American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million. AARP fights for better health care, employment security, retirement planning, and consumer rights.

Since 1977 the Beverly Foundation has fostered new ideas and options to enhance mobility and transportation for seniors. The foundation pursues this mission through research activities, community outreach, and technical assistance.

The mission of the National Center on Senior Transportation is to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities. The Center gathers and shares best practices; provides technical assistance and training; facilitates strategic partnerships and community engagement; develops and disseminates information; and administers demonstration grants.

The Vital Aging Network promotes self-determination, civic engagement, and personal growth for people as they age, through education, leadership development, and opportunities for connection. Transportation for the aging population of the US  is one of their key areas of concern.