Systemic Advocacy

BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC)

Address: 803-470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-687-3063
Fax: 604-661-3303
Email: support@bcpiac.com
Website: http://bcpiac.com/

BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC) is a non-profit society based in Vancouver, BC – Coast Salish Territories. The Centre advances the interests of groups that are generally unrepresented or underrepresented in issues of major public concern.

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Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC)

Address: 4445 Norfolk Street
Burnaby, BC
For general inquiries:
Phone: 604-718-7733
Fax: 604-736-8697
Email: info@sparc.bc.ca
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For parking permit inquiries:
Phone: 604-718-7744
Fax: 604-736-8697
Email: permits@sparc.bc.ca
Toll Free: 1-888-718-7794
SPARC BC Accessibility and Enforcement Line: 604-718-7734

The Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) was established in 1966 and is a leader in applied social research, social policy analysis and community development approaches to social justice. Our mission is to work with communities in building a just and healthy society for all. We are a non-partisan, registered non-profit society and a federally registered charity. We are a provincial organization with over 16,000 members, governed by a Board of Directors that is representative of all regions of British Columbia.

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Information & Advocacy Program, North Shore Disability Resource Centre

Address: 3158 Mountain Highway 
North Vancouver  V7K 2H5
Phone: 604-985-5371
Fax: 604-985-7594 
Email: nsdrc@nsdrc.org
Website: www.nsdrc.org

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 *

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Seniors First BC (formerly known as BC Centre for Elder Advocacy & Support)

Address: #150-900 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-688-1927 (Vancouver)
Email: info@seniorsfirstbc.ca
Website:http://seniorsfirstbc.ca/
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SAIL – Seniors Abuse and Information Line
Call: 604-437-1940 or Toll Free: 1-866-437-1940
Language Interpretation Available: 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday
TTY (for the deaf): 604-428-3359 | 1-855-306-1443 (toll-free).

The Seniors Abuse and Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free telephone line which is staffed 7 days a week (excluding holidays), 8am to 8pm.

SAIL is a safe place for older adults, and those who care about them, to talk to someone about situations where they feel they are being abused or mistreated, or to receive information about elder abuse prevention.

Other Services:
– Worshops
– Events
– Victim Services Program
– Legal Programs

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Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Address: North and West Vancouver Branch
Suite 300 – 1835 Lonsdale Ave
North Vancouver, BC V7M 2J8
Phone: 604-987-6959
Fax: 604-980-0336
Email: northshore@cmha.bc.ca
Website: www.northwestvancouver.cmha.bc.ca

 
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. They provide services in areas of counselling, youth, campus, employment, housing, workplace, and community training.

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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

Regional Business Centre
Address: 2000 – 1111 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C.
Phone: 1-800-668-2642
Fax: 604-737-4139
Email: contactcentre@cmhc.ca
Website: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en

At Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), are driven by our belief that everyone in Canada should have a roof over their head, and that a world-leading housing system can be the cornerstone of a thriving and inclusive society. CMHC work with community organizations, the private sector, non-profit agencies and all levels of government to contribute to the stability of the financial system, facilitate access for Canadians in housing need, and offer objective housing research and advice to governments, individuals and the housing industry.

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Voice of the Cerebral Palsied of Greater Vancouver (VCP)

Address: 2251 Kingsway 
Vancouver BC  V5N 2T6
Tel: 604-874-1741
Fax: 604- 874-1746
Email: vcpgv@vcn.bc.ca
Website: www.vcpgv.vcn.bc.ca

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

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Office of the Ombudsperson

Address: 947 Fort St – 2nd floor,
Victoria, BC (a call in advance will allow us to serve you more promptly)
Phone: 1-800-567-3247 (toll-free in B.C.) or 250-387-5855 (Victoria)
Fax: 250-387-0198 (Victoria)
Website: https://www.bcombudsperson.ca/

The Office of the Ombudsperson can help determine whether B.C. provincial and local public authorities have acted fairly and reasonably – and whether their actions and decisions were consistent with relevant legislation, policies and procedures. As an independent statutory office of the provincial legislature, our services are provided free of charge.

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North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues

Address: 355 West Queens Road
North Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-990-2311
Email: infoweb@dnv.org
Website: https://www.dnv.org/our-government/north-shore-advisory-committee-disability-issues

The North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues provides a forum for discussion of issues affecting people with all types of disabilities. They formulate proposals, respond to requests, and make recommendations to the three North Shore municipalities (the City and District of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver,) that will promote, develop and sustain an accessible community, free of physical and social barriers.

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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
Email: info@bccerebralpalsy.com
Website: www.bccerebralpalsy.com

We provide support, education, and information throughout BC.

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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
Email: feedback@disabilityalliancebc.org
Website: www.disabilityalliancebc.org

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.

Programs:

– 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

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Inclusion BC (formerly BC Association for Community Living)

Address: 227 6th Street 
New Westminster 
Phone: 604-777-9100
Fax: 604-777-9394
Toll free: 1 800-618-1119
Email: info@bcacl.org
Website: www.inclusionbc.org

The Inclusion BC provincial office provides support, education and advocacy where and when it’s needed, breaking down barriers and building communities that include people of all abilities.

What They Do
– Provide individual advocacy and community referral support
– Advocate at a systems level for policy change
– Publish resources and host regional workshops and provincial conferences
– Promote inclusion through public awareness initiatives and campaigns

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BC Self-Advocacy Foundation

Address: 227 6th Street 
New Westminster 
Phone: 604-777-9100
Fax: 604-777-9394
Toll free: 1 800-618-1119
Email: info@bcacl.org
Website: http://www.inclusionbc.org/self-advocates/bcsaf

The BC Self Advocacy Foundation was founded in 1985 with the help of Inclusion BC, formerly the BC Association for Community Living. It was created in response to the request of people with developmental disabilities for an organization that would “assist people with developmental disabilities to become full, participating citizens in their own communities.”

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Civil Rights Now!

Address: Suite 425 1489 Marine Drive,
West Vancouver, BC
Phone: 778-986-1851
Email: civilrightsnow@yahoo.ca
Website: http://www.civilrightsnow.ca/

Civil Rights Now! – is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization registered under the BC Societies Act. Their goal is to get statutes passed by the provincial government which will ensure persons with disabilities living in British Columbia receive equal benefit and protection of the law.

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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
Email: info@vbia.ca
Website: https://vancouverbia.org/

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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.

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