Community and social services

Recommended websites

Seniors | Housing | Social services


Government of BC website dedicated to healthy living for seniors. Includes the BC Seniors Guide, information about the health and seniors information line, and links to key federal government websites for seniors.

The Seniors Services Society provides information on a wide variety of housing and support services for seniors in the Lower Mainland. Includes a searchable directory for seniors housing in communities across BC.


BC Housing is the provincial agency responsible for developing, managing and administering subsidized housing for families and individuals in need. Includes information on applying for subsidized and supportive housing in BC.

Information on co-operative housing in BC, including how to apply and a list of co-ops actively accepting applications for membership. For people already living in co-ops, the site includes information on education conferences and events, the co-op act, co-op rules and occupancy agreements, and current CHF BC campaigns and projects.

Shelter listings for Metro Vancouver.

The Residential Tenancy Branch provides landlords and tenants with information and dispute resolution services. Find out your rights and responsibilities under BC's Residential Tenancy Act.

Educational charity providing information about residential tenancy law in BC. Publications include the Tenant Survival Guide, tenant info pamphlets in multiple languages, a guide for tenants in non-profit housing, and more.

Social services

Service Canada's guide to applying for employment insurance benefits. Includes general information on the EI program and a link to Service Canada's online application form.

A telephone information and referral service that provides free, confidential, and multilingual information about a full range of community, social, and government services in the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts.  Or search the Red Book Online database of more than 5,600 services and agencies.

Burnaby Community Connections helps people access community resources and services. Information on the Burnaby seniors transportation service, the recreation credit program, the Burnaby christmas bureau and camping bureau, and other services for Burnaby residents.

A list of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada policies and programs. Includes information on employment programs, the Canada pension plan, the child care benefit, student loans and more.

Publications, policies and information on ministry programs. Includes information on the rental assistance, income assistance and disability assistance programs as well as other services for people with disabilities.

The familiar Red Book listing more than 5,600 community, social and government agencies and services across the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts.

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