Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Aboriginal Health Initiative Program (AHIP)

The Aboriginal Health Initiative Program (AHIP) supports community-based projects in Aboriginal communities by administering funds through the Aboriginal Health Program of Island Health.

2018-2019 Aboriginal Health Initiative Program (AHIP) call for proposals is now closed.

Deadline for submissions:  October 26, 2017 at 4 p.m.

AHIP Intro Letter 2018-2019

AHIP RFP Application Form 2018-2019

Writing a Successful AHIP Project Proposal (pdf)

All funding is applied for through the request for proposals (RFP), which is mailed to First Nations, Metis Organizations and Friendship Centres on Vancouver Island. These AHIP funds may be accessed for projects that support the following six strategic themes:

  1. Enhance relationships and collaboration
  2. Enhance access and capacity
  3. Strengthen Cultural Safety and Humility
  4. Be innovative
  5. Be accountable
  6. Work with others to address the social determinants of health

For more information on these strategic themes, read this Aboriginal Health Plan 2017-2021  (pdf)