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Public Engagement Opportunities with the Cowichan District Hospital (CDH) Replacement Project

Your voice is vital to the success of Cowichan Valley Health and Care. We are committed to involving patient partners and community voices in our work. 

Public engagement opportunities related to the CDH Replacement Project will be posted on this page, shared on Island Health’s social media pages and emailed to our project subscribers.

In addition, the project team is pleased to provide virtual presentations to community groups as schedules permit. 


February 7, 2024: Project Update at Island Health's Public Board Forum  

cowichan-web-banner.pngThe Island Health Board of Directors hosts board public forums in communities located in the north, central and south Island regions of Island Health. The forums include a regional update from Island Health’s President and CEO and local Medical Health Officer with time for general questions from the public. This forum will feature a presentation on the future Emergency Department for the new CDH.


Join the Island Health Board of Directors for an in-person Public Forum in Cowichan. This event will also be streamed live for those who cannot attend in person.

Date: February 7, 2024
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In-Person Location: Cowichan Exhibition Park, 7380 Trans-Canada Hwy

Facebook Livestream
YouTube Livestream

Why Attend?

  • Get an update on health and care delivery from Island Health President & CEO Kathy MacNeil and meet local Island Health leaders.
  • Meet your local Medical Health Officer, Dr. Réka Gustafson for an update on public health and wellness.
  • Enjoy a presentation about the new hospital from Island Health staff and partners. 
  • Have your questions answered by the Board. Questions can be asked by in-person attendees during the forum, or online (in-advance only) by emailing

Archived public board meetings and forums can be found here.


October 18: Virtual info session for all staff and community members 

The Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project team invited all staff and community members to a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thank you to all who joined us for a behind-the-scenes update on the progress of the new facility and to all who submitted questions in advance and during the live Q&A. In addition to sharing updates from our Construction, Clinical and Indigenous Health & Engagement directors, this session highlighted our commitment to environmental sustainability. We also heard from our partners at the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, whose members generously support exceptional care in Cowichan, and BC Infrastructure Benefits, the employer for the skilled trade workforce building your new CDH.

Watch the recorded info session here:

September 15, 16, 17 - Cowichan Exhibition: Members of the CDH Replacement Project are excited to host an info table at Cowichan Exhibition. For details about our location and hours, email

Wednesday, July 5: Indigenous Journey Mapping Session. The Project's Indigenous Relationships and Cultural Safety team is pleased to invite you to an interactive dinner session open to all Indigenous peoples in the Cowichan Valley.

June 2023 Events In the Community


June 26, 2023: Mark your calendar! Job Fair This event is a unique opportunity for local job seekers to connect with representatives from various employers who are actively recruiting, explore potential career paths, and learn about current and future employment prospects in the region.


Saturday, June 24: In the Community - Have questions about the new Cowichan District Hospital project? Ask the Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Team at the market.


February 2,: Virtual Info Session - Join us on Zoom on Thursday, February 2 at 6 - 7:30 p.m. for an update on the future hospital. The Project team will provide a first look at the renderings and is looking forward to answering your questions.




November 27: Join us at the job fair in Cowichan. Opportunities in construction and health care!

Thank you to all who stopped by to learn about and apply for employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities in Cowichan communities! Our hiring teams enjoyed meeting you and answering your questions, and are looking forward to working with you. All employers value diversity, equity and inclusion. Family-friendly event – children welcome to attend with their parent or guardian. 


October 12: Call for Indigenous artists, ages 15-24. The Cowichan District Hospital Replacement Project invites First Nation, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous emerging artists, ages 15-24, to submit artwork that will be used to represent a Project Alliance working together to construct the new hospital in Cowichan.

Call For Artwork Submissions

Artwork Submission Form

Artwork Submission Form (Word)


January 25: Thank you to all who responded to our call for Volunteer Patient Partners! We are reviewing your areas of interest and will be reaching out to applicants in the coming weeks. 


November 16: Patient Partner volunteers needed – We’re excited to welcome patient partners into our project. Advisory work begins in early 2022. To learn about how you can get involved as a member of our CDH Replacement Project Patient Partnership Group, kindly RSVP to our posting on the Patient Voices Network by December 15.


October 27: New Cowichan District Hospital Community Info Session – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Click below to view video).

June 30New Cowichan District Hospital Community Info Session - 6:00pm-7:30pm via Zoom. (Click below to view recorded session).

To request a presentation, ask a question, share your feedback, or subscribe to our project updates, email us at

More ways to shape Cowichan Valley Health and Care
Do you have lived experience accessing health services and care as a patient or family caregiver? Please sign up as a patient partner with the Patient Voices Network of BC to find out how you can help shape the way health services are delivered in the Cowichan Valley and across the province.

Patient and family caregiver engagement opportunities related to the new hospital, as well as other health services, will be shared through the Patient Voices Network. 

Past engagement opportunities:

  • November 2019: Patient Partners needed to review proposed service improvements for people with lived experience with: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), palliative and end-of-life care; or multiple chronic health conditions. (Postponed due to scheduling conflicts and pandemic response.)
  • September 23, 2019: Thank you to patient partners who provided input to improve the Patient Admitting & Registration process. Your feedback helped inform the business plan to replace Cowichan District Hospital. 
  • April 16, 2019: Thank you to all patient partner volunteers who participated in the CDH Replacement Project consultation session in Duncan on April 16.
  • November 23, 27, 28, 29, 2018: Open House Information Sessions - Thank you to all who joined us for a discussion about health care and plans for a new hospital. You can view poster boards and information sheet from these events, and read a summary of what we heard and our next steps here.