Vancouver Police are offering free 9-1-1- cell phones to seniors facing financial hardships.

Seniors on fixed or low incomes are sometimes less inclined to rely on technology for safety and support, particularly if that support involves a monthly cost. VPD’s new program offers seniors a cell phone at no upfront cost or monthly payment plan that could be used to call 9-1-1 during emergencies.

“Many seniors live alone, making them especially vulnerable during emergencies, especially if they don’t have family or neighbours to easily lean on,” says Constable Tania Visintin. “Whether they’re concerned for their safety, exposed to heat waves and extreme weather events, or facing a medical emergency, these phones will give them 9-1-1 access that they didn’t have before.”

Features of the phone include:

  • A 14-day standby time, which means the phone does not need to be charged every day
  • Large, easy-to-read keys, to make dialing easy
  • A USB-C charging cable that simplifies charging

The phones do not come with data, texting, or Internet capabilities.

Cellphones can be picked up at the Public Information Counter at 2120 Cambie Street. Please provide a piece of I.D that shows your first and last name.