BC Coroners Service

The British Columbia Coroners Service is responsible for investigating all unnatural, sudden and unexpected, unexplained or unattended deaths in the province. It makes recommendations to improve public safety and prevent death in similar circumstances.

For each death, the coroner will determine:

  • The identity of the deceased
  • When, where, and by what means the deceased came to their death
  • The classification of death:
    • Natural
    • Accidental
    • Homicide
    • Suicide
    • Undetermined
  • Whether any reasonable or practical recommendations may be made to prevent future deaths in similar circumstances.

The Coroners Service is also responsible for investigation of all child deaths (a child being a person under the age of 19 years) in B.C.

Some deaths may be handled by a public inquest rather than a regular Coroners Investigation.

A group of deaths with similar factors may also be investigated in aggregate through a Coroners’ Death Review Panel.