This site was developed and is maintained by the Population and Public Health Surveillance (part of Data & Analytic Services, at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, in partnership with regional health authorities and the Ministry of Health in BC.
Health starts where we live, learn, work and play.
Health starts in our homes, schools, and workplaces, long before we get sick. Community health is affected by the income level of the neighbourhood, the built and natural environments, healthy childhood development, access to health services, supportive social networks and educational opportunities.
Tools to support healthy community building
Created in support of Healthy Families BC, the province’s primary prevention strategy, the BC Community Health Data website provides a complementary collection of three community health data tools for the province of British Columbia:
Municipality Health Profiles provide a set of community health data for the province.
Community Health Database provides an interactive platform to explore health topics of interest.
Together, these tools help to paint a picture of health status at the community level. This is important for planning appropriate policies and programs that are responsive to communities’ unique needs.
New and updated tool for community-level health programming – 2023
We have updated the CHSA Health Profiles with more recent information on some of the demographic, socio-economic and health indicators for 195 Community Health Service Areas (CHSAs) excluding those that are identifiable as Indigenous. These updated CHSA profiles are intended to support primarily the development of primary care networks and healthy living planning at the local community level.
The information found on the BC Community Health Data website can be used by regional health authorities, primary care networks, local governments, non-government organizations and other partner organizations in collaborative and evidence-informed community health planning and decision making.