Local Health Area Profiles

Local Health Area Profiles

The Island Health region is divided into 14 local health areas (LHAs) – geographic areas defined by the Ministry of Health. Each LHA profile provides information about that area's population, health status and how often health services are used.  Please read Interpretation Guide to understand the information presented in each profile, for details on the indicators and links to publicly accessible data sources and information on scope and usage.

For questions, past profiles or if you notice a discrepancy, please contact PopHealthSurvEpi@islandhealth.ca

Interpretation Guide 2019

70 Alberni Clayoquot LHA Profile 2019

72 Greater Campbell River LHA Profile 2019

71 Comox Valley LHA Profile 2019

65 Cowichan Valley South LHA Profile 2019

61 Greater Victoria LHA Profile 2019

64 Southern Gulf Island LHA Profile 2019

68 Greater Nanaimo LHA Profile 2019

66 Cowichan Valley West LHA Profile 2019

67 Cowichan Valley North LHA Profile 2019

69 Oceanside LHA Profile 2019

63 Saanich Peninsula LHA Profile 2019

62 Western Communities LHA Profile 2019

85 Vancouver Island North LHA Profile 2019

84 Vancouver Island West LHA Profile 2019

For more statistics and information,  visit our main Population Health Statistics & Publications page.

Local Health Areas Map

About Our Maps

Island Health uses geographical information systems (GIS) to map health statistics. The type of map we use is called a choropleth map.

Choropleth maps display patterns in different areas by shading them different colours. They are widely used in health mapping for a number of reasons:

  • The majority of health and demographic data is only released by area.
  • By not showing precise locations, these maps avoid concerns about privacy and confidentiality.

Choropleth maps give the impression that each area is uniform, with sharp differences between areas, even though data may change gradually or continuously.

The map’s appearance and the message it conveys varies depending on the size and number of areas mapped, and how they are arranged. For example, small areas are more likely to capture the underlying pattern of health events, while large areas conceal local differences.