Seniors & Older Adults

As of July 2019, there is an estimated 6 million+ seniors in living in Canada, making up roughly 17 percent of the population. According to Statistics Canada, this number is expected to increase to over 9.5 million by 2030, meaning seniors will account for almost a quarter of the total population. It’s even proposed that due to this increase, that we break up how we talk about this population into “the younger old (65-74 years), the old (75-84), and the older old or oldest old (85 plus)” (Source: BC Law Institute (BCLI)).

Combined with higher life expectancies, there is a growing focus on the risks and concerns affecting this growing demographic. Seniors and older adults daily face struggles with financial security, housing, social isolation, elder abuse, health care, and access to support.


Action for Seniors Report – Government of Canada

Adult Abuse and Neglect Statistics

Community Response Networks Reach Vulnerable Adults – Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Legislation and Health Authority capability assessment practices under Adult Guardianship Legislation

Other Helpful Organizations

BC Law Institute (BCLI)

Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA ~ RCPMTA)

Government of Canada: Federal Elder Abuse Initiative



Seniors Services Society


Victoria Target Theatre Society

Other Web Links

BC Substance Abuse Resources for Seniors

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: ReAct Adult Protection Program

WHO – Quick guide to avoid ageism in communication

How to Identify Elder Abuse and Take Action to Stop It