• A look at the 2021 Federal and British Columbia Budgets

    28 April 2021   CanAge Policy Advisor       Introduction Amidst the third, and arguably most devastating wave of the pandemic, and having waited two years since the previous budget, the announcement of the 2021 federal budget was highly anticipated. On April 21, 2021, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, delivered Budget […]   Read More

  • Family Caregiver Month: Are you #Caregiver Aware?

    27 April 2021 Guest blog post by Family Caregivers of British Columbia   May is Family Caregiver Month, an opportunity to join millions across the country to recognize and celebrate the vital role of family and friend caregivers. Their role is significant, giving over 80% of the care when we need it, yet they are often unrecognized, unsupported and underappreciated. […]   Read More

  • BC Creates Guidance on Visitation in Long-Term Care and Assisted Living

    19 April 2021 Introduction In 2021, the BC government made several changes and clarifications on the long-term care (LTC) and assisted living (AL) visitor rules. This blog outlines some of the new rules, new orders, and points of interpretation listed in the guidance. On January 7, 2021 the BC government released guidance on visits in LTC and AL. […]   Read More

  • An Overview of the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Visitor Policies Across Canada

    11 January 2021 Nicole is currently a third-year law student at University of Victoria. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Alberta where she obtained a BSc with a Specialization in Mathematics. Nicole is particularly interested in law and policy, as well as improving access to justice in Canada. In her spare time Nicole enjoys cross-stitching, boxing, […]   Read More

  • BCLI Comment on Fraser Decision: Pleased to see our Work Referenced by Canada’s Highest Court

    27 November 2020 In 2012 the BCLI published the study paper Human Rights and Family Responsibilities: Family Status Discrimination under Human Rights Law in British Columbia and Canada (BCLI study paper). The paper reviews research and jurisprudence on the family status ground, discusses concerns with the BC Court of Appeal’s approach to family status discrimination in an employment […]   Read More

  • Dementia and Representation Agreements: Understanding the Lived Experience of Representatives During Health Care and Personal Care Decision-Making

    24 November 2020 Alexis Haig is a Master in Gerontology Candidate at Simon Fraser University. Her thesis is entitled “Exploring Health Care and Personal Care Decision-Making under Representation Agreements: The Lived Experiences of ‘Representatives’ of Older Adults with Dementia.” Alexis holds a B.A. and B.S.W. from the University of British Columbia.   Introduction Covid-19 has changed the way […]   Read More

  • Visitor Restrictions and Health Care Decision-Making Rights in BC: Comments on the Seniors Advocate Report, Staying Apart to Stay Safe

    16 November 2020 Introduction The Seniors Advocate conducted a survey about the COVID-19 visitor restrictions in long-term care and assisted living. The results of this survey were released on November 3, 2020. The survey was open to the public, and respondents were largely family visitors of residents in long-term care (49%). Other respondents included family visitors of assisted […]   Read More

  • Undue Influence and Financial Abuse

    9 October 2020 Introduction October 4-10, 2020 is Make-a-Will Week to encourage people to make or update their will. When people are making or changing a will there is the possibility for abuse or undue influence. Professionals drafting wills must be aware of the signs of undue influence and what steps can be taken if a wills practitioner […]   Read More

  • Discovering the Travelling Wills Clinic

    5 October 2020 As this is Make a Will Week, I was asked to let you know about an exciting possible initiative for delivering personal planning documents such as wills to low income adults living outside the lower mainland, the “Travelling Wills Clinic.” The Travelling Wills Clinic would serve those in remote, isolated, and underserved areas of BC […]   Read More

  • BC Issues Recommendations on Updating Health Profession Regulation

    23 September 2020 Introduction The BC provincial government is considering changes to health professional regulation. On August 27, 2020 the Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation [Steering Committee] released their Recommendations to modernize the provincial health regulatory framework [Recommendations]. This blog will list the range of recommended changes and discuss parts of the recommendations aimed at […]   Read More