• Community Care Facilities Inspections

  • Community Care Facilities Licensing

  • Residential Care Inspections

  • Residential Care Licensing

Types of licensed residential care facilities

  • Hospice
  • Mental health
  • Long-term care
  • Community living
  • Acquired injury
  • Child and youth residential care
  • Substance use


    • Residential care facilities and wildfire smoke

    • Residential care facilities and heat

    • Retirement homes, nursing homes, and care homes

      BC Ministry of Health

    • Residential care facility inspection checklist

    • Preventing opioid overdose deaths

      Director of Licensing Standard of Practice

    • VCH Public Health facility GI outbreak policy

      Summarizes the recommendations of the Medical Health Officer for the prevention and control of viral gastroenteritis outbreaks.

    • Adult care GI outbreak surveillance

    • VCH enteric outbreak summary form

      For healthcare facilities

    • Meals and more manual

    • Forms to accompany meals and more

    • Audits and more manual

    • Audit tools to accompany audits and more manual

    • Pocket reference guide

      Supporting Sexual Health and Intimacy in Care Facilities

    • Guidelines

      Supporting Sexual Health and Intimacy in Care Facilities: Guidelines for Supporting Adults Living in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes in BC

Emergency preparedness

The BC Residential Care Regulation requires your facility to have an emergency plan that addresses each of the four pillars of emergency management.

  1.        Mitigation
  2.        Preparedness
  3.        Response
  4.        Recovery

Create your residential care facility emergency plan

Below is a Word template you can use to draft your residential care facility emergency plan. If you have an existing emergency plan, elements of the template can be used to supplement that document.

Emergency response plan template

Vancouver Coastal Health Hospice start up guidelines

There are a number of standards, guidelines, regulations and requirements that relate to the development and operations of hospices. We created hospice start up guidelines to help our hospice service providers navigate through the wealth of information available and provide a framework that will assist them in the planning, development and operations of their hospice. The guidelines are most relevant for hospices within the VCH geographic region.


We own the copyright to these guidelines. You may reproduce, distribute, display or adapt some or all of the guidelines for non-commercial uses in clinical and educational settings, so long as you clearly acknowledge Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) as the source of the guidelines and retain all VCH proprietary notices on the guidelines. We reserve the right to amend the guidelines without notice (except that we may post a notice of any changes on this website), and disclaims any liability arising from or relating to the contents or use of the guidelines.

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