Keeping B.C. Healthy & Safe

The provincial government is committed to promoting healthful living and to making B.C. a healthy place to be. One of the ways the government demonstrates this is through its work on a variety of preventative measures that can help you lead a better and longer life and reduce the burden on B.C.'s health care system.

Food Safety

On this page, access information about food safety (making sure our food is safe to eat), and food security (working toward a food supply that is stable and sustainable) in British Columbia.

Emergency Preparedness

The Emergency Program Act requires the Ministry of Health, health authorities and the B.C. Ambulance Service to develop, implement, and test their emergency and business continuity plans. These plans include an all-hazards approach in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a wide range of emergencies and disasters.

Healthy Communities

Healthy communities have more places to play, more places to grow and find fresh food and more ways to get around by walking, cycling or using public transportation. They support their residents in adopting healthier lifestyles by providing access to tobacco-free environments and social connections that foster positive mental health.

Tobacco Regulation

The Tobacco Control Act and Regulation aims to protect the public, including employees and children and youth, from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. 

Industrial Camps

Industrial camps are places where people are employed and accommodated onsite – such as camps supporting forestry, saw mills, mining, canneries, and oil and gas activities. The goal is to ensure potential risks to human health are managed appropriately in these camps.

Oil and Gas Activities

Oil and gas development in B.C. has grown in recent years. The Province is committed to protecting the health of British Columbians, while supporting growth and development.


A personal service establishment (PSE) is a business in which a person provides a personal service to or on the body of another person (e.g., an esthetician, tattoo artist or hair stylist). The use and diversity of personal services have increased, creating a need for guidance on how to conduct these services safely.

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Radiation is energy that travels through material or space in the form of waves or streams of particles. It is present everywhere in our environment.