B.C Health Authorities

The Ministry of Health works together with a provincial health authority, five regional health authorities, and a First Nations health authority to provide high quality, appropriate and timely health services to British Columbians.

Provincial Health Services Authority
The Provincial Health Services Authority is responsible for:
working with the five regional health authorities to plan and coordinate the delivery of provincial programs and specialized services; and governing and managing the organizations that provide specialized health services throughout the province.

The Provincial Health Services Authority operates the following provincial agencies and services:

  • BC Cancer Agency
  • BC Centre for Disease Control
  • BC Children's Hospital & Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • BC Emergency Health Services
  • BC Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • BC Renal Agency
  • BC Transplant
  • BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
  • Cardiac Services BC
  • Perinatal Services BC

To learn more please visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/health-authorities/provincial-health-services-authority

First Nations Health Authority
The First Nations Health Authority represents a new relationship between B.C. First Nations, the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada. The health authority aims to improve health outcomes for First Nations people in British Columbia.

The First Nations Health Authority is responsible for:
planning, managing, delivering and funding First Nations health programs and services previously provided by Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch;
working with B.C.’s Ministry of Health and health authorities to address service gaps and improve health outcomes for B.C. First Nations; and
improving the quality, accessibility, delivery, effectiveness and cultural appropriateness of health care programs and services for First Nations.

For more information visit http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/partners/health-authorities/first-nations-health-authority

Regional Health Authorities

There are five regional health authorities which govern, plan and deliver health care services within their geographic areas.

The regional health authorities are responsible for:

  • identifying population health needs;
  • planning appropriate programs and services;
  • ensuring programs and services are properly funded and managed; and
  • meeting performance objectives.

To learn more, visit each health authority website

Fraser Health
Interior Health
Island Health
Northern Health
Vancouver Coastal Health

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