Media Contacts

Jen Holmwood

Press Secretary
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881

Ministry of Health

250 952-1887 (media line)

Carrie Stefanson

Public Affairs Leader
Vancouver Coastal Health
604 708-5340
604 312-1148


Provincial health-care investments

The Province has announced 13 major health capital projects since 2017 to replace outdated facilities and meet the needs of growing communities, including:

  • Richmond: Richmond Hospital tower expanded concept plan (July 2020)
  • Fort St. James: Stuart Lake Hospital business plan approval (January 2020)
  • Surrey: new Surrey Hospital concept plan approval (December 2019)
  • Burnaby: Burnaby Hospital redevelopment (September 2019)
  • Williams Lake: Cariboo Memorial Hospital (July 2019)
  • Quesnel: G.R. Baker emergency department and intensive care unit (ICU) (March 2019)
  • Vancouver: St. Paul’s Hospital (February 2019)
  • Trail: Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital pharmacy and ambulatory care (February 2019)
  • Nanaimo: ICU for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (November 2018)
  • North Shore: Lions Gate Hospital (September 2018)
  • Cowichan Valley: new Cowichan District Hospital concept plan approval (July 2018)
  • Dawson Creek: Dawson Creek and District Hospital (July 2018)
  • Terrace: Mills Memorial Hospital (February 2018)

As of June 2020, 17 urgent and primary care centres have been opened around B.C., including Surrey north, Surrey-Newton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, Quesnel, Westshore, Vancouver (REACH), North Vancouver, Vancouver city centre, Prince George, Nanaimo, Burnaby, Ridge Meadows, Castlegar, James Bay (Victoria) and Abbotsford.

Primary care networks are improving access to team-based care in communities throughout the province. This includes three in Burnaby, four in Fraser northwest, one in Prince George, three in Richmond, two in Ridge Meadows and one in south Okanagan Similkameen.

The first nurse practitioner-led primary care clinic under the Province’s primary care strategy opened its doors in June 2020 to serve people and families in the greater Nanaimo region, with more on the way.

The provincial government has made possible tens of thousands more MRI exams by boosting the number of MRI machines, and keeping them running longer, so people can have their diagnoses and access care faster.