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.



Toddlers learn by watching, exploring, and imitating the world they live in. A loving, nurturing relationship between you and your child is the best environment for a child to learn. You are your child’s first and best teacher.
  • Talking, singing, listening, and reading to your child helps his brain grow, and teaches language skills.
  • Playing is your toddler’s work. It’s how she learns. Play with her, provide age-appropriate toys, and find opportunities for her to play with other children.
  • Your toddler learns from watching the people around him. He likes to imitate what he sees. Be aware that he will pick up your behaviours and habits.
  • Be selective about what your child watches on TV and how long she watches each day.
  • Praise and encouragement teaches your toddler about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
  • As your toddler grows, encourage her to make independent choices. Allow her chances to develop new skills and confidence by doing things on her own – like getting her shoes, brushing her teeth, drinking from a cup.