BC seniors are anything but a homogenous group. Large income and wealth inequalities exist among both seniors and working-age British Columbians—the defining problem we face isn’t about intergenerational inequality, but rather the growing gap between rich and poor across generations.
This study uses Statistics Canada data to study the economic well-being of BC seniors, and takes a close look at indicators of economic insecurity including core housing need, the costs and accessibility of essential care and prescription medications, and food insecurity.
A photo essay published alongside this study describes the lived experiences of three senior women living in economic insecurity in BC: policynote.ca/seniors-stories
A reality check on seniors poverty and inequality in BC