Access to BC Medical and Health Information


Access to historical and recent health and medical records in British Columbia.

The British Columbia Archives does have records which contain medical information. Some may be restricted for conservation reasons or under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, for example the Tranquille Sanatorium (Tuberculosis) records -Series GR-2654 and Series GR-0108.

A few finding aids for health records are on-line linked in the BC Archives catalogue, for instance, for Series GR-3019 – Provincial mental hospital registers (including Crease Clinic of Psychological Medicine and the Provincial Mental Hospital, Esssondale, later Riverview Hospital and for the Tranquille records noted above. Contact the BC Archives for information about access.

BC Archives, Search information and tips:
BC Archives, Advanced Search form:
BC Archives, main page:

Note: Death registrations may contain medical information (cause of death, contributing conditions, doctors’ names). Death records over 20 years old are available for research. See both the Genealogy section of the BC Archives website: and the records area at

BC Regional Health Authorities have information on requesting records, usually one’s own. But see the relevant District’s websites for FAQ and answers questions on requesting records for those incapacitated or deceased. Map and contact information, including websites, for BC’s Health Authorities:

Advice from Canadian Bar Assn. BC Branch:

Immunization records:

Vancouver Coastal Health: The FAQ addresses records of a deceased person:

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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