Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between Independent Housing, Supportive Living and Assisted Living?



Independent Housing at Kiwanis Village is for independent seniors 55 and older who require a rental subsidy.  There are no services included in this type of housing, and eligible residents generally pay 30% of their after-tax income.

Supportive Living at Kiwanis Village is for independent seniors 55 and older who are able to pay privately for rent that includes hospitality services.  These services include daily dinner, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a full range of social and recreational activities as well as 24-hour in-suite emergency monitoring.  Supportive Living does not include scheduled personal assistance services, which must be arranged privately.  Residents pay market rent for their apartment/services.

Assisted Living at Kiwanis Village is subsidized by Island Health.  Island Health must complete an assessment to determine eligibility based on health needs.  The services include daily lunch and dinner, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a full range of social and recreational activities, 24-hour emergency monitoring and scheduled personal assistance services.  Eligible residents generally pay 70% of their after-tax income for rent/services.


Are there additional costs?

In all our buildings, there may be additional costs for the following:

  • Hydro
  • Telephone
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Additional meals not included with the rent
  • Security deposit
  • Parking


Can I see a suite?

To protect the privacy of our existing residents, we do not tour occupied suites.  You will tour a vacant unit when your name reaches the top of the waitlist.  Each level of housing and care has different types of floorplans including private rooms, studios, and one and two bedroom apartments.  Images of our buildings are also available on our website and at our monthly information sessions.


I have already applied; where am I on the waitlist?

For each level of housing and care, there is a different application and waitlist process, some of which are held confidentially with BC Housing and Island Health.  Kiwanis Village cannot provide feedback on current waitlist placements or vacancy timelines.


What do I bring with me?

For all levels of housing, you will need to bring all your own furniture and personal items to make Kiwanis Village your home.  For Complex Care, private rooms are furnished with a bed, desk with drawers, a wardrobe and night table, but residents are also encouraged to bring pictures and other personal items as well.


Do you have a bus or other transportation that can take me to personal appointments?

Kiwanis Village has a 15-passenger bus for group activity outings, which is not available for personal appointments.  There is a bus stop at the entrance to the Village and also personal transportation may be arranged through HandyDART.  Bus passes and HandyDART Tickets are available for sale in our General Store.



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