Seniors Housing

The aging population is expected to grow significantly over the next several years. To promote well-being and independence among older residents in the community, the City is focused on seniors' issues of housing, accessibility and quality of life, and on developing policies to provide seniors with the means to live full and complete lives.

Through collaborations with seniors' organizations and with input from local seniors, the City works to:

  • Establish suitable locations for seniors' residential projects
  • Ensure that residential design will accommodate changing abilities
  • Set standards for accessibility

Senior Care Facilities

There are also several regional and privately operated residential care facilities available on the North Shore administered by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Independent Living BC

The Province of British Columbia provides subsidized assisted living for seniors, through the Independent Living BC program. Subsidized assisted living units offer a middle option to bridge the gap between home care and residential care for those who need some assistance, but don't want or need 24-hour professional nursing care.

Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (BC RAHA)

The Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (BC RAHA) program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities in British Columbia to continue to live in the comfort of their home.

Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER)

The Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program helps make rents affordable for BC seniors with low to moderate incomes. SAFER provides monthly cash payments to subsidize rents for eligible BC residents who are age 60 or over and who pay rent for their homes.

Better at Home

The North Shore Better at Home program is a non-profit service which supports the independence of local seniors by providing them with several basic, non-medical services to help them remain in their homes. Vancouver Coastal Health also offers home and community care services.

Want To Live in Non-Market Housing?

The BC Housing website provides listings of subsidized housing options in the province, including for the City. To learn more about these options, as well as how to apply, visit

Property Tax Deferment Program

The Provincial Government has a low interest loan program that allows you to defer paying all or part of your property taxes on your principal residence if you are 55 or older, a surviving spouse of any age or a person with disabilities. Find out if you qualify on the British Columbia Ministry of Finance website.

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