Assisted living services include housing, hospitality services and one or two personal assistance services (referred to as prescribed services), such as regular assistance with activities of daily living, medication services, or psychosocial supports.
Both publicly subsidized and private-pay assisted living residences that meet the definition of an assisted living residence under the Act are required to be registered with the provincial assisted living registrar.
In British Columbia, assisted living services are regulated under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (the Act).
The Assisted Living Registry is part of the Quality Assurance Branch of the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division. The mandate of the assisted living registrar under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act is to protect the health and safety of assisted living residents. The registrar administers the assisted living provisions of the Act, which require assisted living operators to register their residences and meet provincial health and safety standards.
To meet this mandate, the registrar:
The authority, powers and duties of the registrar are specified in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act. Under the Act, the registrar has authority to:
The Act also requires the registrar to:
Following reconsideration, the registrar will advise operators of the right to appeal final decisions about registration to the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board.
The Assisted Living Registrar is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division of the Ministry of Health. The registrar may delegate any powers or duties under the Act or regulations.
The following principles guide the assisted living registry staff conduct and operations:
Operators of assisted living residences must comply with all applicable legislation, which includes:
The Community Care and Assisted Living Act establishes a mandatory registration requirement for all assisted living residences and provides for an Assisted Living Registrar to administer the part of the Act that relates to assisted living residences. It also requires community care facilities, which house a more vulnerable and dependent population, to be licensed under the Act.
The Assisted Living Regulation specifies the length of a registration, application and registration fees, and health and safety standards for medications.
The Community Care and Assisted Living Regulation defines the prescribed services. An assisted living operator may not offer more than two prescribed services to residents. By contrast, an operator of a community care facility may offer three or more prescribed services.
For other applicable legislation, please see the Operating an Assisted Living Residence page.