Healthcare Legislation in BC

Legislation supports the B.C. Government in its delivery of health care services to B.C. residents. It serves to protect the health, safety and rights of all British Columbians.
The following is a list of some of the major pieces of legislation that are related to healthcare and the practice of nursing. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all legislation that pertains to healthcare in BC.

Public Health Act
The Public Health Act supports key public health objectives to promote health and prevent disease and injury.

Medicare Protection Act and Regulations
The Medicare Protection Act and the Medical and Health Care Services Regulations govern the provision of British Columbia’s public health care system.

Health Professionals Act
There are 26 regulated health professions in British Columbia, of which 25 are self-regulating professions governed by 22 regulatory colleges under the Health Professionals Act. Each regulatory College has its own bylaws and regulations.

Health Authorities Act
The Health Authorities Act sets out requirements of Regional Health Boards.

Hospitals Act
The Hospitals Act sets out requirements for hospitals in BC.

Community Care and Assisted Living Act
The Act provides licensing for community care facilities that offer care to vulnerable people in child day care, child and youth residential and adult residential settings. It also establishes a new registration process for assisted living residences that accommodate seniors and persons with disabilities who receive housing, hospitality, personal assistance services and can direct their own care.

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