Exterior of G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre with wayfinding sign in the foreground

The Intensive Rehabilitation Day Program (IRDP) at G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre provides an alternative to inpatient care for individuals with newly diagnosed neurological or musculoskeletal impairments who require intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

How to access

  • Check eligibility

    The Outpatient Intensive Rehabilitation Day Program sees patients 16 and over who can:

    • manage safely at home;
    • organize and afford their transportation to and from G.F. Strong; and 
    • participate in rehabilitation for up to 4 - 6 hours per day, 4 - 5 days per week.

    Additionally, individuals must manage independently or have a family member who can assist if required for personal care, eating/swallowing, mobility/transfers, and medications. 

    This program is for residents of Vancouver Coastal Health. Clients from other Health Authorities will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require special approval.

  • Get a referral

    Referrals must be made by a physician or nurse practitioner. Have your physician or nurse practitioner complete the G.F. Strong Outpatient Referral form and Intensive Rehab Day Program (IRDP) Checklist.

    G.F. Strong outpatient referral form

    Intensive Rehab Day Program (IRDP) checklist

Hours of operation

Currently closed
  • Monday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday:   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday:   Closed
  • Sunday:   Closed

Parking & Transportation

GF Strong is located at 4255 Laurel Street, Vancouver, one block east of Oak Street and one block south of West King Edward Avenue.


Paid parking is available.

If you are a client or a visitor, you may park in the GF Strong visitor-paid parking lot (handicap-accessible paid parking spots are available in the front of the building). The parking meters will accept credit cards, coin payments, and pay-by-phone options. Please remember to arrive at the site prepared to pay the parking meter using one of these means, as meters do not provide change.

You may be able to find 2-hour free street parking, though spaces are very limited. With a valid SPARC parking permit, free 3-hour parking is allowed on residential streets without need for a residential parking permit (*Note: City of Vancouver by-law is subject to change.  For more information visit the City of Vancouver Accessible Parking page)

Parking rates for VCH facilities

Getting here by TransLink

GF Strong is accessible by TransLink services from Vancouver International Airport, BC Ferry Terminals at Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen, Pacific Central Station (downtown Vancouver rail and bus station), and SkyTrain stations.

Buses 17 and 25 stop on Oak Street, close to GF Strong.

TransLink provides information on transit routes and schedules. TransLink can also tell you which buses take wheelchairs are wheelchair accessible.

Transit accessibility on Translink.ca

If you use HandyDart

Translink’s HandyDART – “A door-to-door, shared ride service for passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use conventional public transit without assistance.”

  • If you qualify and would benefit from this service, we recommend you contact your family physician to assist with the completion of the application form

HandyDART Modernization Program

Places to stay around G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre 

The CIBC Centre for Patients and Families at Vancouver General Hospital is a resource centre that helps you and your family make informed choices about your health, before, during, and after your hospital stay. If you are visiting G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, the Centre also maintains the Places to Stay Guide for VGH and G.F. Strong to list accommodation options in the area.

If you are looking for additional support, you can also visit the Travel Assistance Program website to learn about the financial assistance available.

Download the Places to Stay Guide 

G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre

​GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre is British Columbia's largest rehabilitation centre. As a freestanding facility, G.F. Strong provides inpatient, outpatient and clinical support services to clients/patients in three unique programs: Acquired Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Neuromusculoskeletal.

Intensive Rehabilitation Day Program (IRDP)

Intensive Rehabilitation Day Program (IRDP) provides an alternative to inpatient care for individuals with newly diagnosed neurological or musculoskeletal impairments who require intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation.