Interior Health Information for Newcomers
Whether you’re new to Canada, British Columbia, or moving within the province learn how health care is delivered and how to access it.
Medical Services Plan (MSP)
For eligible B.C. residents, the Medical Services Plan pays for medically required services of physicians and surgeons, and dental or oral surgery performed in a hospital. In Canada, public health insurance is available to eligible residents. Canadian citizens and permanent residents can apply for provincial health insurance.
HealthLink BC provides reliable non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia. Information and advice is available by telephone, their website, a mobile app and a collection of print resources. You may call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C., or for the deaf and the hard of hearing, contact us using Video Relay Services (VRS) or Teletypewriter Relay Services (TTY).
Search Services in Your Area
The HealthLink BC Directory provides listings for health services provided by the provincial government, provincial health authorities, and non-profit agencies across the province. You can search for walk-in clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals, mental health programs, home care programs, pharmacy services, laboratory services, and more.
Urgent & Primary Care Centres
An Urgent and Primary Care Centre is available when you have a non-life threatening condition and need to see a health-care provider within 12 to 24 hours, but do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner, can not access a walk-in clinic, or are unable to get an appointment with your regular doctor.
Mental Health Services and Resources
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health – you’re not alone. Learn how to access different support services and read helpful resources. Reach your local mental health and substance use centre for community-based supports by calling 310-MHSU (6478).