Why Participate

Why Participate in the Employee Preferred Purchasing (EPP) program?

The Employee Preferred Purchasing (EPP) program is an opportunity to participate in an innovative partnership with the Island Health community. 

Acceptance in the EPP program will help you get your business information out to our 17,000 employees, physicians, volunteers and auxiliary members. 

This is your chance to provide your products and services to a huge customer base, while helping us supply meaningful discounts and purchasing options to our health care providers.


  • With its easy online sign-up and website that is updated regularly, the EPP program will help you get your business name and contact information out to over 17,000 employees, physicians, volunteers and auxiliary members of the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
  • The EPP program will also encourage new customers to come into your business, it will help you gain and retain loyal customers in an increasingly competitive environment and it will help get your business known in your community.
  • The EPP program does not cost you as a vendor anything to participate in and the greater discount/value-added service that you offer Island Health employees, physicians, volunteers and auxiliary members, the more likely they are to come to your business.
  • Vendor offers are visible on a website that is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The website is updated on a regular basis with new information.

We are collecting vendor applications now.

How to participate?

Step 1 - Review the "Vendor Acceptance Criteria" to assess whether your business qualifies. 

Step 2 - Fill out the online "Expression of Interest Form"

Vendors will be separated into categories based on business type and VIHA requirements.  Businesses who qualify for the program will be contacted to finalize the EPP vendor application process.