General Advocacy Services

Information & Advocacy Program, North Shore Disability Resource Centre

Address: 3158 Mountain Highway 
North Vancouver  V7K 2H5
Phone: 604-985-5371
Fax: 604-985-7594 

The North Shore Disability Resource Centre (NSDRC) provides free advocacy and information services to individuals with any disability and their families/caregivers seeking to access services or programs. They also provide information to professionals for their clients, and to the general public. Assists with PWD applications and Reconsiderations, CPP Disabiltiy, OAS and GIS forms, and Disabiltiy Tax credits etc; Assists with housing forms from BC Housing, Seniors and Non-Profit Housing Providers.

NSDRC also provides information to all levels of government to ensure awareness of issues facing people with disabilities, their caregivers, and the community.

* Open referrals *

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), North Shore Branch

Canadian Mental Health Association, North and West Vancouver Branch
Address: Suite 300 – 1835 Lonsdale Ave
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-987-6959
Fax 604-980-0336
General emails

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides mental health promotion and mental illness recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families. Provide support for counselling, youth, campus, employment, housing, workplace and community training.

Voice of the Cerebral Palsied of Greater Vancouver (VCP)

Address: 2251 Kingsway 
Vancouver BC  V5N 2T6
Tel: 604-874-1741
Fax: 604- 874-1746

The Voice of the Cerebral Palsied of Greater Vancouver is a self-help support society formed in the firm belief that Cerebral Palsied (CP) adults are the only experts on their own needs and aspirations. The VCP is controlled and operated solely by adults with Cerebral Palsy and other birth defects. It is the only organization in B. C. which truly represents Cerebral Palsied people. The VCP was formed to provide a continuum of services and programs necessary to assist Cerebral Palsied individuals in developing the skills and confidence to assume a productive and meaningful role in society.

Services they provide:

– Computer Services
– Newsletter
– Registry Program
– Outreach
– Job Development
– Project Development
– Housing Development

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC (CPABC)

Address: #330-409 Granville Street 
Vancouver V6C 1T2 
Phone: 604-408-9484
Fax: 604-408-9489
Toll free: 1-800-663-0004

We provide support, education, and information throughout BC.

Family Support Institute

Address: 227 6th Street
New Westminster, BC
Phone: (604) 540-8374 ext. 523
Toll Free: 1-800-441-5403
Fax: (604) 540-9374

The purpose of the Family Support Institute of BC is to strengthen, connect and build communities and resources with families of people with disabilities in BC. We believe that families are the best resource available to support one another. Directed by families, the Family Support Institute provides information, training, and province-wide networking to assist families and their communities to build upon and share their strengths.

Disability Alliance BC (formerly BC Coalition of People with Disabilities)

Address: 456 W Broadway
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-875-0188
Fax: 604-875-9227
Toll free: 1-800-663-1278
Advocacy Access: 604-872-1278

Disability Alliance BC’s mission is to support people, with all disabilities, to live with dignity, independence and as equal and full participants in the community. We champion issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities through our direct services, community partnerships, advocacy, research and publications.


– Emergency Preparedness
– Violence Prevention
– The Community and Residents Mentors Association (CARMA)
– The Right Fit Pilot Project (RFPP)
– Working for Change

Help with:

– Applying for Disability Benefits
– Filing Income Taxes
– the RDSP and DTC

Pathways Serious Mental Illness Society

Adress: 205-1865 Marine Drive,
West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1J7
Phone: 604-926-0856

Pathways is a pioneering family-support organization, providing help for those who have relatives with mental illness. We offer personal support and information, education, awareness, and advocacy. Pathways’s work is based on a family peer-support model, where core activities such as the family support group, education course, and one-on-one support, are provided by trained family members – people who have “been through the mill” and can share their experience.

Pathways cover all serious mental illnesses – schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (including obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. they serve the North Shore (North and West Vancouver), Bowen Island, and the Sea to Sky Corridor (Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton).

North Shore Advocacy Group (Serving Brain Injury Survivors)

Vancouver Brain Injury Association
Address: Capilano Mall – Suite 201-935 Marine Dr.
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 779-2472


North Shore Brain Injury Support Group
Address: Lions Gate Hospital
231 East 15th Street, North Vancouver (in the Evergreen Boardroom)
Phone: 604-779-2472 to Register

Vancouver Brain Injury Association’s mission is to fill a devastating void for Vancouver and North Shore brain injury survivors by providing programs that are currently unavailable and to connect brain injury survivors, their families, and caregivers to resources that are available. Resources include: neuroplasticity exercises at Brain Gain Fridays, the educational neuroscience curriculum of Brain Waves, intensive case management and numerous Support Groups.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver

Address: 402 E. Columbia Street,
New Westminster, BC
Phone: 604-520-1166
Fax: 604-520-1169

EFry is a non-profit organization uniquely focused on delivering gender-specific support. The reasons for this are simple:
>Women are primarily convicted of non-violent transgressions. There are not enough women in Canada’s prisons to financially merit equal access to the counselling, educational opportunities or transitional housing options available to men.

Gender plays a key role in women’s personal circumstances. Two-thirds of female inmates are parents and the vast majority are sole caregivers. Many struggle with addiction and mental illness. Virtually all live below the poverty line and some are homeless.

Our goal is to support criminalized and marginalized women, girls and children in achieving their potential. With the right support, we know females from difficult circumstances can transform their lives – and those of their families – for the better. Dignity, opportunity and equality are the gateway to a world of potential.

Real Talk – Sexual Health Support

Address: Events happen in and around the Lower Mainland area
Event Page:
Questions or feedback:

Real Talk creates a safe space to have honest conversations about dating, love, relationships and sex for everyone. We are a sexual health initiative aimed at people with cognitive disabilities and their supporters. We host educational/social events where people can have open, honest conversations about dating, love, relationships, and sex.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society

Address: 336 Columbia St,
New Westminster, BC
Phone: 604 528 0560

Friend 2 Friend’s mission is to enhance reciprocal social interaction, communication, imaginative play and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their typically developing peers.

Programs Include:
– The Puppet Program
– The Simulation Game Program

Family Network for Deaf Children

Address: Burnaby BC
Phone: 604-684-1860

Family Network for Deaf Children (FNDC) is a parent-run, non-profit, charitable organization supporting families with deaf and hard of hearing children & youth that use sign language or are interested in learning sign language. Even though technology and methodology have changed over the years, we seek the wisdom of parents, professionals and Deaf/Hard of Hearing adults so that common themes of access, equity and a sense of belonging continue to be highlighted in areas such as: social/recreation, leadership, education, employment, general services, and community involvement.

Learning Disabilities Association

Address: 3292 East Broadway,
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 60-873-8139
Fax: 604-873-8140

The Learning Disabilities Society (formerly, the Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver) is a non-profit with a mission to empower every child and adolescent in Vancouver with a Learning Disability to achieve life-long success and happiness. In partnership with the University of British Columbia, LDS provides research-based instruction to children who struggle in school. Our specialized interventionists offer individualized and professional support that teaches children to leverage their learning strengths in order to overcome their learning challenges. Within 2 to 3 years, our programs teach children to be independent in the school system.

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