Seniors First BC Protects the Rights of Older Adults


February 2023

The multi-disciplinary team at Seniors First BC protects the rights of older adults of limited means through a unique combination of psycho-social and legal supports. The Law Foundation of BC is proud to support Seniors First BC’s Elder Law Clinic (“ELC”) and Legal Advocacy Program (“LAP”).

The ELC offers seniors a variety of legal services, from consultations to representation in the Lower Mainland, and advance planning clinics in Prince George and Nanaimo. Since COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed, demand for services has increased by 24%, including on matters related to residential care homes.

The LAP, which has seen a 45% increase in intakes, complements the work of the ELC by providing information, advice, and representation on income security, housing, debt issues, and matters before the Civil Resolution Tribunal.

Seniors First does dedicated outreach with professional interpreters to connect with and serve older adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and offers in-person services at a bi-monthly clinic in partnership with the Vancouver Coastal Health Deaf Well-Being Program.

In the months ahead, Seniors First BC will work with the Haida Gwaii Legal Project Society to offer free advance planning instruments to Indigenous peoples. Lawyers interested in getting involved should contact Marie-Noël Campbell.