Making a complaint about a residential care facility

If you have a concern about the health, safety or well-being of a person in a licensed residential care facility make a complaint immediately. There is no time limit in which to make a complaint but if you wait too long before making a complaint this may affect the process; relevant documents or witnesses may become unavailable and affect the investigation and resolution of the complaint.

If you have brought your concerns to the attention of the facility and its manager but think that they have not addressed your concerns, please contact your local health authority Community Care Facility Licensing program to discuss your concern.

The information you provide is valuable to licensing officers and forms an integral part of their work in ensuring a healthy and safe environment in all licensed facilities.

Who to contact

Contact your local Health Authority Community Care Licensing program or the Patient Care Quality Office.

Fraser Health 

Central Intake: 604-587-3936 

Abbotsford: 604-870-6000

Burnaby: 604-918-7683

Chilliwack: 604-702-4950

Delta: 604-507-5478

Tricities: 604-949-7700

(Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody)

Surrey/Whiterock: 604-930-5405

Island Health 

Campbell River: 250-850-2110

Courtenay: 250-331-8620

Nanaimo: 250-739-5800

Victoria: 250-519-3401

Interior Health 

Licensing Direct: 1-877-980-5118 

Northern Health 

Dawson Creek: 250-719-6500

Fort St. John: 250-263-6000

Prince George: 250-645-4200

Smithers: 250-847-6400

Terrace: 250-631-4222

Vancouver Coastal Health 

Powell River: 604-485-3310

Richmond: 604-233-3147

Sechelt: 604-885-5164

Squamish: 604-892-2293

Vancouver: 604-675-3800

North Shore: 604-983-6700

Patient Care Quality Office

Patient Care Quality: Make a Complaint

Complaint process

Generally, once a complaint is received:

  • A licensing officer will determine if your complaint falls under the scope of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act
  • If your complaint is under the scope of the Act, the investigation will be conducted by a Licensing Officer
  • The facility will be told that there is a complaint and given an opportunity to correct the situation.
    Note: Licensing does not reveal the name of the person who makes a complaint, if they request anonymity
  • If the investigation reveals non-compliance with the Act or its regulations, the facility will be required to correct the situation and ensure future compliance
  • You will not be automatically provided with follow up information regarding the outcome of the investigation, however you may request a summary

Your complaint will be handled as quickly as possible. Some complaints can be resolved within a matter of days. Other complaints may take longer if they are complex.

Some complaints, may involve other agencies such as the Ministry for Children and Family Development or the RCMP.

Privacy protection

Community Care Facility Licensing does not reveal the name or personal information of someone who makes a complaint.

However, if the investigation results in action taken against the facility licensee or if the issue is taken to the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board or is handled as a criminal matter, information or documents you supply may be used and become public information.