Who We Are

ILTCCABC is a registered society under the BC Societies Act. It is a provincial association of family councils representing the collective voice of residents, their families, and representatives. ILTCCABC is comprised of its member Regional Associations of Family Councils which operate in every health authority in BC. ILTCCABC is viewed by the Ministry of Health as an important partner (stakeholder in the long-term care sector). ILTCCABC contributes to the development and maintenance of independent resident and family councils in LTC. 

ILTCCABC and its member regional associations of family councils aim to improve the LTC journey for residents and their families by assisting them to learn about, establish and maintain effective independent LTC home resident and family councils across BC. Resources are provided to equip resident and family councils with the tools they need to advocate effectively on behalf of all residents. Individual councils receive ongoing support from regional association volunteer members with lived experiences who have a broad understanding of the LTC system. These experienced volunteers also offer assistance and guidance to the LTC home team.

They can explain the various ways in which the LTC home can support resident and family councils, thereby increasing the likelihood of a collaborative and respectful working relationship between the LTC home and the council.

Each regional association invites family councils operating within its respective Health Authority to become a member, enabling councils to network with each other. Additionally, individuals in the community are encouraged to reach out to your respective regional association of family councils and inquire about becoming a volunteer member to advocate for councils in LTC homes. (e.g., individuals who: currently or in the past advocated to enhance the quality of care and quality of life of residents in LTC; once were members of a LTC Family Council or had loved ones residing in LTC; volunteer in LTC; previously worked in LTC). 

Role of the ILTCCABC

  • Gather information from Regional Associations
  • Provide training and leadership to the Regional Associations
  • Assist regional associations and resident or family councils in dispute resolution.
  • Work with regional associations on educating service providers on roles and rights.
  • Liaise with Health Authorities on long-term care related initiatives.
  • Liaise with Ministry of Health regarding long-term care and Resident or Family Councils concerns and initiatives.
  • Promote public awareness on Resident or Family Councils, related issues, and initiatives.
  • Support research on long-term care and Resident or Family Councils that can lead to improved care.
  • Report on provincial successes, issues, and concerns
  • Advocate to government on policy and legislation related to Lon-Term Care and Resident or Family Councils