Financial Resources

Many people are on a limited income and it is important to make sure that all benefits, subsidies and tax credits to which they are entitled are being received from the federal, provincial and local governments and agencies. Be sure to review our Checklist of Financial Benefits including income and housing subsidies, tax deductions and other benefits. 

Beacon Community Services and other community agencies offer free income tax preparation for seniors that will help identify entitled benefits. See the following list for volunteer agencies that can help.

Organization Telephone
Beacon Community Services 250-656-5537
Capital City (Victoria) volunteers 250-388-7844
Esquimalt Volunteers 250-412-8556
James Bay Community Project 250-388-7844
Oak Bay Volunteer Services 250-595-1034
Pender Island Community Support 250-629-3346
Saanich Volunteer Services 250-595-8008
Salt Spring Seniors Services Society 250-537-4604

Federal Programs

All federal assistance programs are accessed through a central contact at Service Canada.  They will be able to provide information on the various benefits listed below and ensure that seniors are receiving all of the financial assistance which applies to their individual situation.  Veterens are often entitled to additional benefits from Veteran’s Affairs Canada. 

All federal assistance programs:

  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • Old Age Security (OAS)
  • Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • Allowance for the Survivor
  • Compassionate Care Benefits
  • Disability Pension
Service Canada 1-800-277-9914
Veterans' Affairs Canada 1-866-522-2122

See Housing Section for Housing Subsidies

Provincial Programs

Most provincial financial assistance programs are focused on specific subsidies, such as automobile insurance discounts; but, low-income seniors may also be entitled to additional financial assistance from the Ministry of Human Resources:

Financial Assistance from the Ministry of Human Resources accessed through Service BC 250-387-6121

Other Provincial programs offering subsidies for seniors are: 

ICBC Automobile Insurance Discounts  1-800-663-3051
Medical Services Plan and Pharmacare 1-800-663-7100
Provincial Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Consumer Taxation Branch 250-387-1500

Disability Benefits

The federal government defines those with a disability as “individuals who have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions.” Those who have one or more impairments associated with aging may also qualify. For example, severe neuropathy can prevent driving or walking any distance. This type of disability may also qualify for disabled parking and taxi savers coupons.

A physician must complete the necessary forms for designation as disabled. Further information about disability designation and benefits can be found from:

Canada Revenue Disabiltiy Information
1-800-959-8281
Victoria Disability Resource Centre 250-595-0044