SPARC and UWLM have released the BC Seniors’ Poverty Report Card. 

Some areas from the report:

  • British Columbia had the highest seniors (65+ years old) poverty rate of any province or territory
  • Number of poor seniors in B.C. grew for the third year in a row
  • Single seniors more than three times as likely to be poor than seniors in couple families
  • Single seniors are overrepresented among poor seniors
  • Seniors who live in B.C. are more likely to have a strong sense of belonging to local community
  • Almost one in five B.C. seniors are living in unaffordable housing
  • Almost 6,000 seniors are on BC Housing’s Housing Registry and the list grows longer each year
  • There are more homeless seniors in Metro Vancouver
  • Seniors’ poverty across B.C. communities (breakdown of poverty rate by community)

Also included are maps, including neighbourhood maps, of areas with higher seniors poverty rates.