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About Island Health

Our commitment is to offer innovative and quality health care through professional development and research. We believe that strong relationships and community partnerships will assist us in supporting healthier and stronger communities and a better quality of life for our community members.

As we strive to meet the increasing demands on our health care system, our network of dedicated employees, physicians, volunteers, stakeholders and community partners are working to offer innovative and culturally safe care.

We offer health care services health services to more than 850,000 residents of Vancouver Island and adjacent coastal communities through hospitals, clinics, health centres, community-based health units, long term care and assisted living facilities.

As the largest employer on Vancouver Island, we employ more than 30,000 staff, 2,400 physician partners as well as hosting more than 2,500 volunteers.

Award-winning organization

Island Health continues to be selected for top employer awards such as:

  • BC's Top Employers (2024)
  • BC's Top Employers (2023)
  • BC's Top Employer (2017) 
  • Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2012-2015, 2017)
  • Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in Healthcare (2016) (Broken LINK)
  • Canada's Greenest Employers (2015)
  • Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector - FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award (2015)
  • Most Effective Recruitment Strategy - Canadian HR Awards (2015)
  • Leading Practices - Accreditation Canada (2015)
  • Exemplary Initiative Diversity Award - SFU Nancy McKinstry Award (2013)
  • Canada's Top 100 Employers (2010-2013)
Diversity and Inclusion Statement 

Island Health offers programs and services on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw Peoples. 

As an organization, we are committed to cultural safety and humility and we demonstrate this through our actions to address Indigenous specific racism, systemic racism and the ongoing impacts of colonialism.

About Vancouver Island

Popular for its mild winters and warm summers, Vancouver Island and the adjacent coastal communities are protected from harsh weather systems and benefit from its proximity to the coast. Kayaking, surfing, sailing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving and fishing are just some of the recreational activities that keep islanders busy year-round. The relaxed pace, easy access to outdoor activities, and an abundance of art, music and festivals ensures that there is something for everyone. Whatever the lifestyle you are looking for, we have it here on Vancouver Island.

Connect with Our Team 

Indigenous Recruitment Advisors 

Please reach out to our Indigenous Recruitment Team:

Recruitment Services Team

Please contact our Recruitment Team

Human Resources/HR Access Team

Not sure who to contact? We are here for you!

Do you have a Human Resources, Payroll, MySchedule, Timekeeping, Vi-Hire/job postings or general employment question?

Customer Service Representatives are available to answer your questions or refer you to the right individual to assist you.

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Call: 1-888-296-3963

Sample of topics HR Access Helpline can help with:

  • address changes and other forms
  • MySchedule
  • benefits 
  • course registration/learning & development opportunities
  • ePay (electronic pay stubs, payment information)
  • jobs / VI-Hire / how to apply
  • payroll / pay query
  • record of Employment (ROE) for Employment Insurance
  • retirement and pension
  • scheduling query
  • T4s
  • timekeeping
  • verification of employment letters

Living our Values, Vision, and Purpose

At Island Health, we believe that our values guide our actions and relationships, shaping how we make decisions and plan for the future.

Learn more about our Vision, Purpose & Values.

Benefits of Working Here

Some positions maybe be eligible for exceptional employer-paid benefits package including dental and prescription coverage, group life, long term disability and extensive extended health plan, vacation, leave, pension benefits, competitive wages and educational scholarships.

In BC, casual employees can purchase benefits and have the cost of their premiums reimbursed if they work the equivalent of half-time over the course of the year (see union collective agreements for details).

Learn more about employer-paid benefits at Island Health

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See more Island Health career options and areas of practice in action in communities throughout Vancouver Island.

Territory Acknowledgment 

Before Canada and BC were formed, Indigenous peoples lived in balance and interconnectedness with the land and water in which the necessities of life are provided. Health disparities persist, which are due to the impacts of colonization and Indigenous-specific racism.

Healthy lands, healthy people.

Island Health acknowledges and recognizes these homelands and the stewardship of Indigenous peoples of this land; it is with humility we continue to work toward building our relationship.