It presents resolutions to various levels of government and its agencies on issues that have been voted on and passed by members at the annual convention.
This organization is concerned with all aspects of seniors’ lives, including, pensions, taxation, finances, health issues, home support, medicare and Pharmacare, housing and rental issues, social safety, abuse, neglect, fair treatment and loneliness.
In 1982 the B.C. Old Age Pensioners’ Organization established a Scholarship Society which provides scholarships to students in gerontology.
12 Things We Do
1. We offer members the opportunity to network with other members around the province through our Annual Convention.
2. We bring in speakers on a wide variety of topics to address issues of interest and importance to seniors at our Annual Convention.
3. We are affiliated to the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organization of BC (COSCO) – membership in excess of 80,000 – to give us a stronger voice on seniors’ issues provincially.
4. We are affiliated to the National Pensioners’ Federation (NPF) – membership over 1,000,000 – to give us a stronger voice on seniors’ issues federally.
5. We give our members a voice federally by forwarding our federal resolutions passed at Convention to Ministers of the ruling Government, as well as to members of the opposition parties.
6. We give our members a voice provincially by forwarding our provincial resolutions passed at Convention to Ministers of the ruling Government, as well as to members of the opposition parties.
7. We urge the federal and provincial governments to have meaningful dialogue to renew health accord agreements and to establish a National Pharmacare Program so that all Canadians have access to health care and access to prescription drugs at a reduced cost.
8. We work with various organizations to promote the concerns of seniors.
9. We work with community partners to promote the concerns of seniors.
10. We work with local elected representatives to promote the concerns of seniors.
11. We are continually working on improving our website to give members additional opportunities to network.
12. We hold democratic meetings – Branches are autonomous and make their own decisions on finances and activities.
Notes:The federal resolutions noted in 4 above cover numerous topics: Pensions, Health Issues, Residential Care Facilities, Home Care, etc. The provincial resolutions noted in 5 above cover even more issues: Health (Local Hospital Issues, Residential Care Facilities, Home Care, Medical Services Plan Premiums, Shingles Immunization, the cost of PSA tests, etc.); Transportation issues (ferries, handyDART)
B.C. Old Age Pensioners’ Organization is a non-partisan organization instituted in 1932 for the purpose of identifying and supporting issues of importance to seniors.
We work with various organizations and community partners to promote the concerns of seniors.
Branches are organized throughout the province of British Columbia. Each Branch sets its own agenda for activities and establishes its own programs. Guest speakers are invited to help keep seniors informed about current events that affect their lives.
Click below to see a list of all our branches.
We award scholarships to students who are enrolled in post-secondary programs related to the health and well being of senior citizens in the province of British Columbia, be it hands-on care, research or in an administrative capacity.
Click below for More information about our scholarships.