Representing a variety of local businesses and non-profit organizations, members of North Vancouver Chamber’s Senior Sector Roundtable gather at Hear at Home Mobile Hearing Clinic. North Vancouver Chamber photo.


North Vancouver Chamber Senior Care Policy Recommendations Receive Government Response

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) April 11, 2024 — The North Vancouver Chamber is pleased the B.C. government has acknowledged Investment in Senior Care policy recommendations developed by the Chamber in consultation with local businesses and non-profit organizations involved in the senior sector. 

“It is encouraging to receive a response from three provincial ministries and for them to take seriously our recommendations that address gaps in support for caregivers in the workforce,” said North Vancouver Chamber CEO Patrick Stafford-Smith.

Put forward by the North Vancouver Chamber, Investment in Senior Care – The Economic Impact of the Silver Tsunami was endorsed by the BC Chamber of Commerce business membership in June 2023, with the following recommendations: 

– Increase the availability of senior care to all who need it, where they need it.

– Support senior care labour force supply, training, and in-home care standards. 

– Improve access to and navigation of senior care service options.

The policy recommendations were borne from a Senior Sector Roundtable convened by the North Vancouver Chamber and representing a broad range of local businesses and non-profit organizations. 

“We are proud to work with those on the ground in our community experiencing these issues first-hand, and we will continue to provide a voice for them,” said Stafford-Smith. 

Recent studies show a significant portion of the workforce also serves as caregivers for elderly family members. This dual role often leads to increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, and heightened stress levels among employees.

Employers are grappling with supporting their staff members in managing caregiving responsibilities while maintaining a productive workplace.

In their response to the North Vancouver Chamber, the provincial Ministry of Health, Ministry of Housing, and Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills outlined a series of initiatives and strategies they have undertaken to improve access to quality care and support services for older adults. 

“We hope that in the future more people will be able to get back to work with the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe and well-cared for,” said Stafford-Smith. 


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For more information, please contact:

Maria Spitale-Leisk
Membership Promotion & Communications Manager
North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce