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Assisted living costs BC

We survey fees from across the province

The costs for assisted living in the province of British Columbia will vary widely. The biggest factor affecting costs might be location. It's well-known that Vancouver has some of the most expensive real estate in the country, while costs in places like Kelowna and elsewhere are quite a bit lower, of course. Other important factors are the amount of care you require and the quality of the assisted living facilities.

Survey of private assisted living costs in BC

City Starting cost/month What's included
Vancouver, BC $4070 Meals, basic housekeeping, with specific care options extra
Victoria, BC $4510 Meals, housekeeping, bathing, dressing assistance & more
Burnaby, BC $3800 Meals, basic housekeeping, specific assistance options extra
Kamloops, BC $3220 Meals, basic services, with personal care options priced individually
Kelowna, BC $2700 Meals and housekeeping, all personal care extra
New Westminster, BC $3150 Meals and housekeeping, all personal care extra
Penticton, BC $2500 Meals, resident reminders, all personal care extra fee
Richmond, BC $4200 Meals and housekeeping, all personal care extra

These are just some examples from homes that have listed with To get all the details, please consult directly with our BC assisted living communities. Costs may be adjusted depending on your individual care needs or other factors. We also offer a closer look at assisted living costs in Vancouver.

Cost of subsidized assisted living in BC

Eligibility for subsidized assisted living communities in BC requires the completion of an application through your regional health authority’s home and community care office. To find out if you qualify for publicly subsidized assisted living, or to apply, contact the home and community care office in your community. If you already have a home and community care case manager, call him/her to request an assessment.

If you are eligible for one of these communities, your costs will be a set monthly fee of 70 per cent of your after-tax income. This fee will cover the rent of your assisted living apartment, hospitality services and personal assistance care services (covering ADLs like bathing, feeding, etc.) up to a maximum amount. You will also need to consult with communities to learn about any additional fees you might pay for services such as extra meals. The fee will be paid to the assisted living operator, along with a monthly surcharge for BC Hydro. Otherwise, all your basic services and needs are covered, except for items like your telephone or television. Learn more.

What's the average cost of assisted living in BC?

The average cost of senior assisted living across the province of BC, according to one estimate, is $2700 per month. Actual costs that residents will pay will vary widely, depending on the care options required, the actual location of the facility (Vancouver, of course, will be more expensive than some interior cities and towns) and the quality of the residence. Private care homes will offer more services and a lower staff-to-residents ratio (as seen above), and will be priced accordingly.

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