Office of the Provincial Health Officer - Province of British Columbia

 

 

 

The responsibilities of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) are outlined in the Public Health Act. As the senior public health official for British Columbia, the PHO:

  • provides independent advice to the Ministers and public officials on public health issues;
  • monitors the health of the population of British Columbia and advises, in an independent manner, the Ministers and public officials on public health issues and on the need for public health related legislation, policies and practices;
  • recommends actions to improve health and wellness in BC;
  • delivers reports that are in the public interest and annual reports on the health of the population and government’s progress in achieving population health targets;
  • establishes standards of practice for, and conducts performance reviews of medical health officers; and
  • works with the BC Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and BC’s medical health officers to fulfill their legislated mandates on disease control and health protection.

It is the responsibility of the Deputy Provincial Health Officers (DPHO) to assist with the execution of the duties of the PHO. One DPHO has specific responsibilities related to reporting on the health of Aboriginal people, and liaising with the First Nations Health Authority.

The Provincial Drinking Water Officer assists the PHO in providing oversight and accountability for the Drinking Water Protection Act, including requests for reviews of decisions by regional Drinking Water Officers, public reporting and responding to public complaints.

Address / Contact Info

Ministry of Health Office of the Provincial Health Officer
PO Box 9648, STN PROV GOVT 1515 Blanshard St., Victoria, BCV8W 3C8

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This program was last updated on 17 Jan 2018.