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Senior's cards

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Senior's cards

Does anyone know whether Canada issues 'Senior's Cards' to It's residents and if so, do they attract discounts on various goods and services eg accomodation, hire car etc.

If the above is correct would one be able to use an Australian senior's card to access the same discounts?

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1. Re: Senior's cards

Never heard of them.

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Hi MicknOlga ~

I can speak for the jurisdiction of BC. Seniors are offered discounts. The accepted age is 65 (definitely officially a senior at this age) when the federal program of Old Age Security kicks in, but many attractions, restaurants (those with a seniors' menu section), hotels, activities might say 55+. In BC, BC Ferries will only honour the BC Gold Care Card (health coverage card) for the passenger fare part, not the vehicle. It's meant for BC residents.

However, in almost all other circumstances, you will just need to request the "seniors' rate." That would be the 'Concession' Rate on the bus, Seabus and Canada Line. It's very unlikely you will even need to show a card for the majority of things and yes, just show your Oz card or your driver's licence if asked. If you see a seniors' rate, with age listed as well, on an admission display board, you simply ask for and pay for that ticket. Sometimes, if the age is not printed with the rate, you have to ask what an establishment's senior age actually is so that you know if you qualify or not.

Being a senior here involves a moving goal post. People can retire with pension at 55 if they are in public service and have 35 years service, 60 with additional benefits including Canada Pension, 65 with full CPP and OAS. These will be the 3 ages used in community situations for the seniors' designation.

Edited: 11 March 2012, 03:14
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Thanks for that

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I hope you noticed and booked the 55+ seniors' rate for the Sandman in Vancouver! When you check in they will look at your driver's licence.

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The things you learn on TA!!

Looked up the Australian version of a seniors card and I like the idea very much. Looks like something we should follow.

http://www.seniorscard.com.au/

Then found this about Canadian Senior cards. It doesn't seem like it's quite the same thing, but only perhaps a card issued as ID when you apply for OAS to prove your age of 65 when going for discounts.

ottawaseniors.com/articles/…

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We also have a BC Identity Card. It's for people of any age, often who don't drive or don't have a passport, but need official ID.

From the Seniors Canada website, it's interesting that "Seniors Canada Online defines a senior citizen as 55 years of age and older," but they only deliver a Canada Seniors' Card at 65, along with the commencement of OAS payments.

As I said, moving goal posts.

Edited: 11 March 2012, 03:44
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My bet is they'll check the OP's passport at the Sandman, Mufti! ;-)

Edited: 11 March 2012, 18:23
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Mufti is quite right: wherever you go in Canada, ask if there's a seniors' discount because, much of the time, there is. At worst, the answer will be no and you can have a little chuckle.

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