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 co-ordinate the delivery of provincial programs and specialized services
  • Governing and managing the organizations that provide specialized health services throughout the province

Regional Health Authorities

The five regional health authorities govern, plan and deliver health-care services within their geographic areas. They are responsible for:

  • Identifying population health needs
  • Planning appropriate programs and services
  • Ensuring programs and services are properly funded and managed
  • Meeting performance objectives

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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
  • Improving the quality, accessibility, delivery, effectiveness and cultural appropriateness of health-care programs and services for First Nations