Community care facility licensing protects and promotes the health, safety and well-being of vulnerable children and adults in licensed care facilities. We do this through education, collaboration and regulation.

Licensing officers do the following:

  • Issue licences to community care facilities.
  • Monitor and inspect facilities on a routine basis.
  • Respond to complaints.
  • Investigate allegations of unsafe, inappropriate or abusive care (i.e. physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse).
  • Investigate unlicensed facility complaints.
  • Work with other agencies as required (e.g. police, Ministry of Child and Family Development).
  • Ensure that licensees follow up with corrective action.

How to access

  • Check eligibility

    To qualify for a licence, you must meet the following criteria:

    • The program must be located in a building that meets the requirements of the legislation
    • The manager, the staff, the program and the equipment must meet the requirements of the legislation
  • Submit your application

    Complete the relevant license application form and submit it to our office.

    Application for license - Child care

    Application for license - Residential care

  • Languages

    ​English; interpreter available for other languages.

Hours of operation

Currently closed
  • Monday:   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday:   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday:   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Thursday:   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday:   8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday:   Closed
  • Sunday:   Closed

Parking & Transportation

​​Free parking is available.

Getting here by ferry

qathet General Hospital is two ferry rides away from the City of Vancouver.

Take the Langdale ferry from the Horseshoe Bay Terminal.  Ferry schedules can be found at: http://bcferries.com. Drive up the Sunshine Coast along Hwy 101 from Langdale to Earl's Cove.  Take the Saltery Bay ferry from Earl's Cove.

From the Saltery Bay ferry terminal, travel along Hwy 101 for approximately 20 km until you reach a "Welcome to Powell River" sign.  Continue inside the city limits until you reach a street with a right-hand lane and a store/gas station called Pacific Point Market.  At the corner on your right, turn right.  You are now on Joyce Avenue.  Follow Joyce Avenue through four sets of stoplights.  Approximately 1 km past the fourth light, you will approach the hospital on the right.

Getting here by air

Contact Pacific Coastal Airlines by e-mail at www.pacific-coastal.com or by telephone at 1-800-663-2872 for schedules of flights from Vancouver. 

qathet General Hospital

qathet General Hospital (formerly Powell River General Hospital) is a 33-bed facility providing services that include surgery, endoscopy, ICU, obstetrics, in-patient psychiatry, oncology, emergency and diagnostic services.

Community Care Facilities Licensing

Community care facility licensing protects and promotes the health, safety and well-being of vulnerable children and adults in licensed care facilities. We do this through education, collaboration and regulation.