According to the Lower Mainland chapter of the United Way, the rate of seniors who were living in poverty was the highest of all Canadian provinces and that an estimated one in five seniors without affordable housing (Source: BC Seniors Poverty Card, 2018). To keep up as Canada’s population ages, there needs to be roughly 130,000 new spaces that need to be added by retirement and long term-care facilities between now and 2026, and again to almost double to 240,000 by 2046 (Source: CBC News).

As Canadians of all ages face growing inequality, many resources and programs have been developed to helps those who have difficultly gaining adequate housing, some of which and be found below:


Do you Qualify for the Energy Conservation Assistance Program?

Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan

Grandview-Woodland Community Plan

Guide for Landlords and Tenants in British Columbia

Hidden Homelessness Report

LGBT Housing Matters

Marpole Community Plan; City of Vancouver

Residential Tenancy Act, Chapter 78; BC Laws

West End Community Plan; City of Vancouver

Other Helpful Organizations

Aboriginal Housing Management Association

BC Housing

Raincity Housing

Residential Tenancy Branch, Province of BC

Shelter Aid For Elderly Renters (SAFER) (information on rental subsidies)

Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (TRAC)

Other Web Links

City of Vancouver, Neighbourhood Planning Projects

Residential Tenancies; Province of BC

Senior Services Society