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. Our mandate is to promote and protect the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as we age.
Staff lawyers and a legal advocate provide legal advice, advocacy and representation, in areas of law related to elder abuse; to people age 55+ who are not able to access legal help elsewhere due to low income or other barriers. Provide legal information and support on issues relating to housing (residential tenancy), debt, government benefits (CPP, OAS, GIS, etc.), financial exploitation, guardianship/capacity, abuse/neglect, residential care, and discrimination. Funded by the Law Foundation of BC.
Our network is an advocacy group that is proud to offer our free services and information on the dangers of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma cancer. Our organization works with individuals and their families to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups in the US and Canada.
Have you been treated unfairly by a provincial or local government body? The Office of the Ombudsperson can help. Seniors’ complaints to the Ombudsperson have led to investigations into Pharmacare, the Medical Services Plan, the Ministry of Health, health authorities (including hospitals and the enforcement of care standards in residential care facilities), ICBC, and the Public Guardian and Trustee – among others. Ombudsperson services are free and confidential.
The Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) is a corporation sole established under the Public Guardian and Trustee Act. Its mandate is to protect the legal and financial interests of children and youth under the age of 19. As well as to, protect adults who require assistance in decision making through protection of their legal rights, financial interests and personal care interests. They also administer estates of deceased persons, estates of missing persons, and act as trustee.
Formerly BC Centre for Elder Advocacy & Support
Staff lawyers and a legal advocate provide legal advice, advocacy and representation to people age 55+ who are not able to access legal help due to low income or other barriers on legal issues involving housing (residential tenancy, assisted living and residential care), debt, government benefits (CPP, OAS, GIS, etc.), financial exploitation, guardianship/capacity, abuse/neglect and discrimination based on age. Funded by the Law Foundation of BC. Call the Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) for a referral to the Elder Law Clinic and Legal Advocacy Program. SAIL Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm daily except statutory holidays. Language Interpretation: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, except statutory holidays. TTY Hours: 9am-4pm Monday to Friday except statutory holiday.
SAIL Phone: (604) 437-1940
SAIL Toll Free: 1 (866) 437-1940
TTY Toll Free: 1 (855) 306-1443
Wide range of supports, information, and advocacy for income assistance, disability, housing and federal income assistance programs like Canada Pension Plan. Specific programs available for people experiencing mental illness. Housing resources also available including lists of low cost housing rentals, access to computer and phone for housing search and accessing resources as well as community voicemail. Advocacy services are done by appointment only.
Seniors Info and Referral: (604) 542-4357