North Vancouver Island Healthcare Sustainability and Improvements

blue boat in harbour

North Vancouver Island (also known as Mount Waddington) provides healthcare services to approximately 12,000 people including a number of Indigenous communities:

Kwa'guł, Mama̱liliḵa̱la, ʼNa̱mǥis, Ławitʼsis, Da̱ʼnaxdaʼx̱w, Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w, Ḵwikwa̱sutinux̱w, Gwawaʼenux̱w, Gwaʼsa̱la-ʼNakʼwaxdaʼx̱w, Gwatʼsinux̱w, Tłatła̱siḵwa̱la, Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h', ʔiiḥa tisʔa tḥ, Nuča a łʔa tḥ, M uwa ča tḥ/m a čła a tḥ, Métis

The area spans over 21,000 square kilometres and includes communities such as Alert Bay, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Alice, Kingcome Inlet, Sointula, Woss, Winter Harbour, and Holberg.

See a map of the Mount Waddington region.

Provincial Government Investments in North Vancouver Island

On January 27, 2023, the provincial government announced a $30 million investment aimed at better supporting healthcare providers in offering quality, safe care to patients we serve in North Vancouver Island. 

This investment plus the investments made over the last 18 months (additional 24/7 registered nurse coverage, local leadership enhancements, improved community services, etc) will support new recruitment and retention strategies, increased staff and physician supports, expanded core staffing, facility investments, mental health and substance use service enhancements, expanded long-term care, and more.

Read more about the announcement