The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Election Issues and Platforms
Seniors Health and Healthcare

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What Do Nurses Expect Government to Do?

  • Commit to prioritizing seniors health and healthcare.
  • Increase financial supports for informal caregivers and ensure appropriate investments are made in community support, home care services, and affordable housing.
  • Support the utilization of all healthcare professionals in order to provide integrated, long-term care.
  • Increase investments in home health and home supports to enable aging in place.
  • Consider innovative models of care (e.g., the use of paramedics in home support/residential care) that will increase the number of interactions and check-ins between seniors and the healthcare team.
  • Engage nursing in the development and implementation of seniors' strategies.

Ask the Candidates!

  • How will your government ensure that seniors living in residential care receive the minimum care hours of 3.36 hours/per day?
  • What will your government do to ensure seniors have access to affordable and safe housing?
  • Homelessness is having a significant impact on the senior population in B.C., and has serious downstream health impacts. How would you like to see this problem addressed in your community?
  • What is your government's commitment in ensuring seniors receive the financial support they need to meet their basic needs, and are not choosing between housing, food and their medications?
  • There is considerable evidence that preventive community and home support services can have enormous health benefits and cost savings when managing an aging population. What is your government's plan in enabling seniors to age in place?
  • Are you aware of the significant rates of homelessness amongst Canadian seniors, and what strategies would you employ or encourage to ensure all seniors have options when it comes to where and how they live?
  • Will your party involve nurses in discussions around seniors care given that nurses represent the largest healthcare workforce in the country, and given nurses' role in seniors' health?

* Party platforms will be updated regularly. If you are aware of any commitments made by the parties, please let us know at
B.C. Liberals New Democratic Party Green Party
  • Double the Home Renovation Tax Credit to $20,000 to make home improvements to accommodate seniors or family members with disabilities.
  • Introduce a Respite Tax Credit of up to $2,500 for people caring for seniors or family members with disabilities.
  • New Active Seniors Tax Credit.
  • Invest $500 million to ensure seniors in residential care facilities are provided with a minimum of 3.36 care hours per day.
  • Provide housing support to the close to 53,000 seniors' households that receive assistance today.
  • Maintain the ability of seniors as well as homeowners who are financially supporting a child to defer all or part of their property tax on their primary residence.
  • Build and publicly fund an additional 500 long-term care beds across British Columbia by 2022.
  • Provide $1 million in grants to communities across British Columbia to build activity areas that are appropriate for seniors suffering from dementia.
  • Provide an additional $2 million to the Union of BC Municipalities to fund age-friendly communities program and expand access for seniors across our province.
  • Investing in home care and quality long term care for BC seniors to reduce demand on acute care and emergency beds.
  • Increase the length of home support visits and expand the scope of services provided.
  • Create a capital fund and work with local governments and community partners to build and strengthen seniors' centres.
  • Broaden support for the Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters (SAFER) program.
  • Increase support for residential care and demand accountability from providers to ensure that they meet staffing standards.
  • Conduct a systematic review to establish and maintain safe staffing levels going forward.
  • Support relationship-based care, and ensure those care relationships are not disrupted by contracting out or contract-flipping.
  • Invest $35 million over four years in home care to enable seniors and other people who need assistance to stay in their own homes.
  • Act to ensure the staffing of public and private care homes meets government guidelines, and will provide an additional $200 million over four years to address staffing levels in public facilities.