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.



To be eligible for Community Health Services professional care, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status (landed immigrant or approved Minister’s permit) or have been issued a temporary residence permit;
  • Require care at home; and
  • Meet the functional criteria for the service.

To be eligible for subsidized services within Community Health Services, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status (landed immigrant or approved Minister's permit)
  • Be 19 years of age or older; and
  • Be a resident of BC for at least 3 months

These eligibility requirements are set by the BC Ministry of Health Services.

If you are eligible for Community Health Services, we work with you to determine which specific services you are eligible for using standard assessments and criteria.  We use the same system with every client to help make sure you receive services fairly.

If you are not eligible for our services, we will give you information about other services in your community that may be able to meet your needs.

>Application process