Cormorant Island Health Centre

  Alert Bay
Operator:  Island Health
Address:   49 School Road, Alert Bay, BC  V0N 1A0
Phone:      250-974-5585

Cormorant Island Health Centre - exterior   Cormorant Island Health Centre - interior


Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact the Home Health Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


Publicly Subsidized Units: 10
Private-Pay Units: 0

Building Description

Facility attached to the Cormorant Island Community Health Centre (CICHC), located in Alert Bay BC.  Access to the community of Alert Bay is by scheduled BC Ferry service from Port McNeill. 10 single occupancy rooms with private bath on one floor. Fenced outdoor courtyard and covered patio.

Building Amenities

The dining room looks out onto the courtyard and is open to the common area. A hair stylist comes into the facility.
The CICHC has a quiet or Sacred room. This is a shared space with local First Nations and is available for the residents and their families to use for private family functions and ceremonies. 

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

‘Namgis Elders’ Centre located across the road from CICHC where there are weekly activities available to ‘Namgis First Nations elders. ‘Namgis Dental Clinic with services available to all Mt Waddington residents.

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

While there is no religious affiliation to the CICHC, there are several religious denominations on Cormorant Island. The CICHC maintains close ties with the local First Nations communities and are sensitive to the needs of First Nation residents.

Philosophy of Care

As per Island Health Vision, Purpose and Values.
To provide a home-like socially active environment while encouraging independence.

Accreditation Status

Accreditation Canada, April 2014 Report.
Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada. For more information, visit here: http://www.accreditation.ca/.

Type of Accommodation

10 private single occupant rooms with overhead lifts in each room. Each room has a private bathroom with sink and toilet.


Residents pay up to 80% of their after-tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.

Special Recreational Opportunities

Activities are provided through CICHC facility-based recreation program.
U’Mista Museum (cultural centre) is located adjacent to CICHC.


By road, approximately 2 km from the ferry terminal and Alert Bay village centre.

Motorized Scooter Policy

Scooters are housed under a sheltered area for use outside only. 

Pet Policy

As per Island Health policy.

Smoking Policy

As per Island Health policy.

Safety/Security Features

All outside access doors to CICHC are key locked or secured by keypad exits.  Main access is through the Acute care side of the CICHC.

Visiting Information

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and Influenza Protection Policy (PDF).

Note:  Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed:  "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."