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Community Care Services Society fonds

  • PR-2182
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1981

The fonds consists of administrative files created by the Victoria office of the Community Care Services Society between 1971 and 1981. The fonds includes: agendas and minutes from the meetings of the board of directors; correspondence relating to the litigation case against the society; financial records; and files relating to employee positions. The special care services files which originally formed part of these records were destroyed by the BC Archives and Records Service upon transfer. Operational files of the society which governed community care activities may have been absorbed by the government departments which took over the functions and staff in 1980.

Community Care Services Society

Continuing Care facilities budget files

  • GR-4126
  • Series
  • 1991 - 1992

This series consists of records documenting the financial operation of community care facilities across BC established under the Community Care Facility Act (RSBC 1996, c.60), repealed and replaced with the Community Care and Assisted Living Act (SBC 2002, c.75). The records were created and maintained by the Continuing Care Division of the Ministry of Health (1976-2001) between 1991-1992 in BC. The Continuing Care Division monitored the operation of continuing care facilities such as family care homes, group homes, private hospitals, and intermediate care facilities and provided funding for these facilities to house individuals unable to live independently in the community due to different health related issues.

Records are arranged alphabetically by facility name and fiscal year. They include financial records such as statements of income, administrative expenses, furniture costs; salary schedules; schedules of current and projected costs including percent decrease/ increase; quarterly reports; balance sheets; auditor reports; and related correspondence. These records are classified under the one-time schedule (880181) Facility Budget Files.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Ministry of Health executive correspondence and committee files

  • GR-4059
  • Series
  • 1988 - 2005

The series consists of executive correspondence and committee records created and received by the division responsible for strategic policy, legislation, and intergovernmental relations of the Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005) and the Ministry of Health from 1988-2001. The executive correspondence provides evidence of the interaction between the public and ministry executive regarding significant health service issues. The correspondence was sent by members of the public to Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers; drafts were prepared by ministry staff for executive review and approval. This series also documents the functions and activities of major cross-jurisdictional committees such as the Advisory committee on Health Services, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial conference of the Ministers of Health, the Advisory committee on Population Health and Health Security, the Health Council of Canada, and the Minister's Advisory committee on Ethical Issues in Health Care. These records provide evidence of the ministry's role in these committees and its position on national health service delivery issues.

The correspondence files are arranged by executive creating office or topic and date; the committee files are arranged by committee/conference name and date. The records consist of correspondence, correspondence assignment forms, briefing materials, meeting and conference materials, reports, memoranda, drafts, and project files. Each file is assigned an Administrative Records Classification System (100001) file code, predominantly ARCS 280-30 executive correspondence referral replies and ARCS 206 committees and commissions – inter-provincial/federal.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Records of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Care Services

  • GR-4040
  • Series
  • 1981 - 1985

The series consists of the records of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Community Care Services, Ministry of Health from 1981-1985. The records reflect the mandate of the division: to manage, develop, and administer efficient and effective programs in Mental Health Services, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Alcohol and Drug programs, and Vital Statistics. Many of the records are minister’s referrals or Minister/Deputy Minister/Assistant Deputy Minister “flimsies” or correspondence files documenting program specific activity between these executive offices. Records consist of incoming correspondence to the minister and minister’s replies; often drafted by members of the Community Care division that are sent to the minister for approval and signing. The records reflect topics such as phasing out Brannen Lake treatment Centre in Nanaimo, the opening of the Maples in the Lower Mainland for children and youth with mental health issues or other troubling behavior, and the efficacy of drug and alcohol treatment programs. These records were created under legislation administered by the Ministry of Health such as the Ministry of Health Act (RSBC 1996, c. 301), the Hospital Act (RSBC 1996, c. 200), and the Mental Health Act (RSBC 1996, c. 288).

The records are arranged alphabetically by topic or document type. They consist of correspondence, reports, meeting notes, meeting materials, and memoranda. The records were classified under the Assistant Deputy Minister’s files one-time schedule (881159); records documenting routine administrative activities were destroyed.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Deputy Minister of Health executive records

  • GR-4039
  • Series
  • 1987 - 1989

The series consists of executive records documenting the activities of the Deputy Minister of Health’s office from 1987-1989 (mainly Deputy Minister, John Noble). These records provide evidence of the deputy minister office’s role: advising the minister and supporting the following ministry operations and programs: institutional services, community care/family health, and preventative health. They also document the ministry’s mandated/legislated relationship with health-related commissions (Medical Services, Emergency Health Services) and various associations. Deputy minister correspondence and subject files demonstrate the office’s advisory/supporting role in delivering effective health services across the province. Ministry of Health executive committee meeting materials provide evidence of the management of programs, policies, and people in the ministry. These records were created under legislation administered by the Ministry of Health such as: Ministry of Health Act (RSBC 1996, c. 301), the Hospital Act (RSBC 1996, c. 200), and Medical Service Plan Act, 1981 (RSBC 1979, c. 18).

This record series is generally arranged alphabetically by subject. Most of the subject files are either health-related topics or the names of health organizations and regional health care facilities in the province. The files also contain an internal file code. Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence between the Deputy Minister of Health, Minister of Health, and other government executive members, the public, and regional health care facilities and organizations. The series also includes memoranda and reports, briefing notes, meeting materials, and other records documenting ministerial activities. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906). Routine administrative records were destroyed.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Public and preventative health records

  • GR-4020
  • Series
  • 1987 - 2006

The series consists of public and preventative health records relating to the development of programs and policies for the provision of prevention services directed at persons and groups who are at risk for developing a health problem, disease or disorder. These programs are guided by the Health Act (RSBC 1996, c. 179); some programs may also fall under the Health Act Communicable Disease Regulations (BC Regulation 567/98), and the Dentists Act (RSBC 1996, c. 94). This series includes records relating to ensuring best evidence policy and program development and maintenance, community health services issues pertaining to cardiovascular disease, communication disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological and behavioral disorders, nutrition issues, and health prevention and promotion; and health services for mentally challenged adults living in the community. Some of the programs/projects documented in these records include ActNow BC, Dial-a-Dietician, BC heart health project, Pregnancy Outreach program, and Action Schools!. These records were created and received by the Population Health and Wellness Division, Ministry of Health between 1987 and 2006 in BC.

The records are arranged alphabetically by project or program, or by issue or title. Record types include correspondence, reports, presentations, briefing notes, research materials, research data, financial statements, program/project planning materials, drafts, notes, and workshop/outreach materials. These records are classified under section 3 public and preventative health of the Community Health Programs ORCS (schedule 122353), 2011. The files are assigned an alphabetical acronym code and the following ORCS numbers: health promotion and prevention projects, programs, initiatives, and strategies (62330-30); non-communicable disease project and program files (62390-30); nutrition project files (62420-30); nutrition program and initiative files (62420-40); and communication disorder hearing and audition projects (62250-30). The series also includes annual, operational, research, statistical, and other reports (62420-45). Some files have been removed for tobacco litigation. These files are identified on the file list as [removed].

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Executive records of the Assistant Deputy Ministry, Community and Family Health

  • GR-4019
  • Series
  • 1987 - 1990

This series consists of the executive records of the Assistant Deputy Ministry (ADM), Community and Family Health, 1987-1990. These records document the creation of the Community and Family Health division which was the amalgamation of the previously separate Preventative and Community Care Services in 1988. The new division included all Public Health promotion and protection programs delivered through health units across the province and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and programs operated or funded by Mental Health Services, Forensic Psychiatric Services, and Services to the Handicapped. Examples of records documenting these activities include the advisory committee on health promotion and wellness (Preventative Services), vocational rehabilitation of disabled persons (Services to the Handicapped), and child and youth mental health services (Mental Health Services). Records also include program specific reports, correspondence on restructuring the Community and Family Health division, program specific briefing notes, cooperation and liaison files documenting significant program specific relationships (Associated Boards of Health), and other related committee activities such as the hospital and community partnership program committee and the interministerial committee on strengthening the family. These records were created and received by the Ministry of Health in BC under the Health Act (RSBC 1996, c. 179) and other applicable legislation such as the Forensic Psychiatry Act (RSBC 1979, c. 139), and the Mental Health Act of British Columbia (RSBC 1996, c. 288). The mission of the division was to promote the health of individuals and communities in BC by monitoring population health, and the cost-effective implementation of community-based preventative, protection and treatment strategies.

The records are arranged by subject and relevant Administrative Records Classification System (ARCS) code. They include correspondence, memoranda, reports, briefing notes, and meeting materials. These records are classified under the Executive Records schedule (102906). Records in this accession appraised for destruction documented routine administrative activities. Some files have been removed for tobacco litigation. These files are identified on the file list as [removed].

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Hospital Programs executive records

  • GR-3998
  • Series
  • 1974 - 1989

The series consists of correspondence and other records of the executive director’s office, Hospital Programs, Ministry of Health. The correspondence is between members of the Health Programs executive team (executive director, regional directors, Assistant Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister, and Minister of Health) and regional hospitals or health care facilities in British Columbia. The correspondence documents routine business activities relating to hospital reviews, hospital programs, staffing levels, hospital expansion, hospital expenditures, operating budgets and other financial/funding issues, hospital complaint files, hospital annual reports, and regional hospital district matters. The records were created by the Ministry of Health’s Hospital Programs division and Hospital Insurance Service between 1974-1989. These records were created under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1996, c. 200), Health Act (RSBC 1979, c. 161), and Health District Act (RSBC 1996, c. 202).

The records are arranged alphabetically by hospital or facility name and by ministry file code. They consist of incoming and outgoing executive correspondence, accompanying reports, hospital publications, data and statistics, memoranda, briefing notes, agendas and minutes, and annual reports. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906).

British Columbia. Hospital Programs

Continuing Care Division executive records

  • GR-3997
  • Series
  • 1979-1987

The series consists of policy, program, and committee files from the executive director’s office, Continuing Care Division, Ministry of Health, 1979 to 1987. These records document the division’s core function of administering continuing care programs (Home Nursing Care, Community Physiotherapy, and Long-Term care) that enable individuals with health-related problems to maintain personal independence as much as possible. The records demonstrate how the division supports personal, family, and community involvement in the planning and provision of care for these individuals. Examples include: community physiotherapy, home nursing care, and long-term care (from home support to residential care). The records were created by BC’s Ministry of Health under the Community Care Facility Licensing Act (RSBC 1979, c. 57) and the Hospital Act (RSBC, c. 176).
The records are arranged by subject and numerically by ministry code. They consist of correspondence, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, program guidelines, memoranda, and briefing notes. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906). Routine administrative files were selected for destruction.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Conversation on Health project records

  • GR-3995
  • Series
  • 2006 - 2007

The series documents the Conversation on Health, a public consultation established by the Ministry of Health to engage British Columbians in a dialogue about health care and to generate ideas relating to the health care system. The Conversation on Health was a year-long, public engagement initiative that used a variety of facilitation techniques and communication channels to reach as many British Columbians as possible to understand their issues and prepare for the future of health care in the province. This series includes records relating to the approval, planning and evaluation of the Conversation on Health project and records summarizing and assessing feedback from stakeholders such as individuals, patients, health care workers, professional associations, health organizations, First Nations, academics, and other interested parties from 2006-2007. These records were created and received under the authority of the Speech from the Throne on February 14, 2006 which established the operational responsibilities and functions of the creating agency. The Conversation on Health project was launched by the Premier and Minister of Health on September 28, 2006 at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

These records consist of correspondence, reports, presentations, briefing notes, project charters, fact sheets, news releases, and planning documents. They are arranged by event, subject or document type. The records are classified under the Conversation on Health ORS (schedule 191564). Records selected for transfer to the BC Archives classified under 26520-06 include symposium submissions and presentations documenting input to the international symposium on innovation in health care provision sponsored by the Conversation on Health.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Federal-Provincial cost sharing agreements

  • GR-3976
  • Series
  • 1976-1985

This series consists of federal-provincial cost sharing agreement histories for services provided by the provincial Ministry of Health, Ministry of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Human Resources. Agreements were between the federal government and the relevant ministry from 1976-1985.

The records document the development and operation of a variety of health and social services, including the Canada Assistance Plan (CAP), Vocational Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons (VRDP) program, and the Young Offenders Act (YOA) agreements. These programs provided social and medical supports, including mental health services and drug and alcohol treatment programs.

Records include meeting agenda, minutes, audit reports, correspondence, paylists, policies, procedures, draft agreements, legislation, treasury board submissions, cabinet submissions, financial records, and subject files relating to direct services funded agencies. The subject files in boxes 9 and 10 are arranged by the name of the agency or group that provided the funded services, then by year. Subject files are organized with separate sub-folders for related records of approval, working papers, backups, and claims and “form M”.

These records were transferred under one time schedule number 870458.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Records of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutional Services

  • GR-3975
  • Series
  • 1982-1990

This series consists of the records of the Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutional Services of the Ministry of Health from 1982-1990. This Assistant Deputy Minister position existed from 1976-1991, and was succeeded by the Assistant Deputy Minister, Care Services from 1991-1993. The Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutional Services provided direction and leadership to the programs that administered hospital care and continuing care. These programs included the Office for Seniors, BC Ambulance Service, Continuing Care Division, Facilities Planning and Construction Division, Hospital Programs Division, Institutional Management Resources Division, and Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Branch.

The series includes administrative records showing the day to day operations of the office and depicts changes and directives to related programs.

Records include the ADM’s daily correspondence; files on relevant acts and legislation; correspondence and other material from related health associations and societies; government committee and commission files, including the management committee and Assistant Deputy Minister Management Job Evaluation Committee; cooperation and liaison with other BC government bodies, other provincial governments and the federal government; subject files; files on related plans and programs; budgets; reports and statistics; treasury board submissions; and other administrative records.

Records are arranged roughly by date, then by file code number, except for some records from 1982 which are arranged alphabetically by file title.

Records in this series are scheduled under the Executive Records schedule (number 102906).

Some files have been removed for tobacco litigation. These files are identified in the file list as [removed].

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Medical Services Plan strategic program and initiative records

  • GR-3970
  • Series
  • 1995-2011

This series consists of Medical Services Plan strategic program and initiative records and other health committee files created by various divisions of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health Services from 1995-2011. Many records may have been created or used by the Medical Services Commission.

Records relate to medical and health care issues, studies or strategies initiated by or affecting the Medical Services Plan (MSP) with respect to the provision of physicians’ and health care practitioners’ services. This includes the development, planning, implementation, and management or maintenance of strategic programs and initiatives to support and enable the provision of health services to all residents of the province. Strategic programs and initiatives include primary health care initiatives, rural health initiatives, physician workforce planning or physician human resource management, physician utilization, chronic disease management, acute care programs, and continuing care programs.

Records include briefing notes, correspondence, committee minutes, contracts, budgets, reports, presentations, financial records and statistics. The series may also include related committee files and executive records.

This series is divided into the following subseries based on the program or group that created the records:

  1. Medical On-Call Availability Program (MOCAP), 2000-2009.
    MOCAP was created to provide unassigned or orphaned patients access to physicians and specialists for on-call emergency medical services. Records also include several other programs for doctor coverage and payment to improve medical care across the province by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). These records are related to physician resource planning or physician human resource management.

  2. Rural health records, 1995-2006.
    These records include those of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSCRI) and other committees related to healthcare in rural areas. The JSCRI was responsible for implementation of the subsidiary agreement for physicians in rural practice to enhance availability of stability of physician services in rural areas by addressing relevant unique and difficult circumstances. This subseries also includes committee files for the Mental Health Evaluation and Community Consultant Unit and Medical Services Commission Group Management.

  3. Blood and Laboratory Services, 2003-2009.
    Files address several issues related to blood and laboratory services, including BC Lab transformation, lab services reform, a telepathology project and studies of lab benchmarks.

  4. Chronic Disease Management and Primary Health Care Renewal, 2003-2011
    These records were primarily used by the Chronic Disease Management and Primary Health Care Renewal unit and its successor Primary Health Care. Most files are of committees related to General Practice doctors and managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes.

  5. Other files regarding a variety of topics, 2001-2009.
    These records include a variety of programs, services and committees, most related to health sector workforce and negotiating compensation for healthcare services. Some committees include Fee-for-Service-Transfers Review Team, Physician Strategic Services Advisory Committee, Emergency Medicine Committee, Electronic Medical Records Working Group, and Physician Information Technology Office Steering Committee. Prominent subjects include emergency room services and training, and electronic medical records. Records include committee files, Implementation reports, two Alternative payments agreement accountability records case files, and Subsidiary agreement dispute resolution.

The ministries responsible for these records and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Health (1976-2001)
Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005)
Ministry of Health (2005-2008)
Ministry of Health Services (2008-2011)

Records in this series are covered under ARCS 200-20, 280-20 and 280-30. Other records are covered under ORCS schedule 142798 (Medical Services Plan ORCS) numbers 40100-30, 40430-50, 40450-50, 40520-02, 40520-30, 40540-00, 40540-25, 40540-60, 40540-70 and 40560-20.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health Services (2008-2011)

Health Professions Council records

  • GR-3968
  • Series
  • 1993 - 2004

The series consists of the records of the Health Professions Council, an independent advisory body established in 1990 to make recommendations to the Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Seniors about the regulation of health professions under the Health Professions Act (S.B.C. 1990, c.50). The records document the establishment of health professions under legislation and the review of legislation related to those professions. Records include applications by health care practitioner groups such as physicians, nurses, psychologists, chiropractors, physical therapists, naturopaths, and massage therapists seeking designation as self-regulated professions; and scope of practice and legislative framework reviews for all designated health professions. They also include summaries of all submissions and recommendations, council meeting minutes and agendas, council correspondence, and final reports. The records were created between 1993 and 2004 in BC. The Ministry of Health is responsible for this record series. Following the government’s 2001 core services review, amendments to the Health Professions Act (RSBC 1996, c. 183) ended the Health Professions Council in 2002.

The records are arranged by subject or submission/review name. They include correspondence, memoranda, minutes and agendas, and reports. The records have been in the custody of the Ministry of Health since 2005. Prior to this, they were with the Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005) and the Ministry of Health Planning (2001- 2004). The records are covered under the Health Professions Council one-time schedule (162956).

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Pharmacare executive records and briefing notes

  • GR-3967
  • Series
  • 1998-2008

This series consists of executive correspondence, reference material and briefing notes of the Pharmacare Division, 1998-2008. Records regard all aspects of the operation and maintenance of the Pharmacare program.

Briefing books include information about the history and operations of the Pharmacare division, put together for MLAs and other Executives, such as budgets, advice to Minister, and information on coverage, cost and use for specific drugs in the Ministry of Health estimates debate.

Briefing notes are usually arranged by year and include an index at the front listing all topics addressed. Briefing notes may be filed with associated approval forms, drafts, final copies, correspondence, and reference material. Briefing notes relate to hardship appeals, changes to coverage, drug availability, drug costs, reviews of new drugs and program priorities.

Other reference material includes fact sheets on various aspects of the Pharmacare program and drug review fact sheets, for use of MLAs and other executives, and Bibliographies of alphabetical copies of reports or studies related to pharmaceuticals.

The series also includes correspondence referral replies from the Executive Director, Pharmacare and Assistant Deputy Minister, Pharmaceutical Services. Most letters may be from other government bodies, private companies, charities, advocacy groups, Doctors, MLAs or private citizens. Most letters relate to cost and availability of specific treatments.

Records scheduled under ARCS numbers 280-20 and 280-30.

British Columbia. Pharmacare division

Minister of Health executive records

  • GR-3950
  • Series
  • 1976 - 2001

The series consists of the executive records of Peter Albert Dueck (Minister of Health 1986-1989). The records document a broad range of administrative and operational activities of the Minister of Health’s office in 1989. Some of the subjects covered include the province of BC’s responses to abortion and AIDS; the Medical Services Commission issuance of the new CareCard; services for seniors; public/community and family health; regulation of health professions; health care administration; board and committee appointments; health related accolades and complaints; and monitoring of, and requests for infrastructure development funding from regional health care facilities in BC.

This record series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Most of the subject files are either health-related topics or the names of health organizations and regional health care facilities in the province. Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence between the Minister of Health and other government executive members, the public, health colleges, boards and commissions, health professionals, and regional health care facilities. The series also includes memoranda and reports; policy papers; briefing notes, speaking notes, and meeting materials; treasury board submissions; and other internal records on branch activities. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906.)

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Records of the Director of Administrative Services, BC Hospital Insurance Service

  • GR-3938
  • Series
  • 1946-1987

This series consists of records creating and revising agreements, legislation and regulations related to hospital insurance and the provision of medical services in British Columbia, from 1946-1987. These records are the administrative and operational records of the Director of Administrative Services (previously Senior Administrative Officer) of the BC Hospital Insurance Service. The files are almost exclusively those of Director K.G. Wiper, but also include those of his successor J.D. Herbert and of the Deputy Ministers D.M. Cox and W.J. Lyle.

These records document the Director's functions as well as files on issues, policy, legislation and the operation of the Hospital Insurance Act from its inception to 1987. The majority of records consist of draft amendments and revisions to regulations, orders-in-council (OICs) and legislation, proposed legislation and Federal-Provincial agreements. Records related to health insurance, the accreditation of hospitals, and the provision of medical treatments or services, including mental health treatments. Records include correspondence, drafts, and final copies of legislation.

The Ministry responsible hospital insurance administration and the years they were responsible are:

British Columbia. Dept. of Health and Welfare (1946-1959)
British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance (1959-1973)
British Columbia. Dept. of Health (1973-1976)
British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

British Columbia. Hospital Insurance Service

Response to the Royal Commission on Health Care records

  • GR-3904
  • Series
  • 1979-1992; predominant 1990-1992

This series consists of responses to the Royal Commission on Health Care from the Royal Commission Response Office of the Ministry of Health, 1979-1992.

The series includes records received from various healthcare related associations and organizations, such as hospitals, nurses, midwives, acupuncturists, podiatrists, optometrists and others. These include their submissions to the Commission, responses to the Commission’s final report or general information about the professions and issues impacting their work.

Records created by the Ministry address specific recommendations from the Commission to improve Ministry of Health policies and practices. Issues were divided into the following working groups:

Working group 1 (W1): better management
Working group 2 (W2): regionalization
Working group 3 (W3): governance of professions & financing

These files include correspondence, reports, planning documents, policy documents, meeting minutes, statistics, maps, journal articles, newspaper clippings, work plans, and agendas. Issues addressed in the file include managing health information, immunization, sexually transmitted diseases, and healthcare regionalization and governance models. Records culminated in responses to the Commission’s recommendations and a series of discussion papers.

Note that some files have been removed by the Ministry for tobacco litigation.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Aboriginal Health Association of BC records

  • GR-3901
  • Series
  • 1992-2001

This series consists of the records of the Aboriginal Health Association of BC, under the Aboriginal Division of the Ministry of Health. Consists primarily of records of the Northeast, Northwest, Thompson Okanagan Kootenay, and Vancouver Island and Central Coast Aboriginal Health Councils. These regional councils were funded by the Aboriginal Health Association of BC to provided services and resources to individuals in their regions. These records include correspondence, meeting minutes, operating guidelines, annual reports, service agreements, funding agreements, contracts with service providers, newsletters, and other informational material. Files address providing information and resources related to tobacco use, mental health, addictions, The Red Road HIV/AIDS network and many other issues.

The series also contains administrative and operational records of the Aboriginal Health Association of BC, including health handbooks, annual reports, strategic plans, correspondence, and records documenting work with the First Nations Summit, Aboriginal Health Council Forum, Vancouver Aboriginal Council, United Native Nations, Association of Friendship Centres and Aboriginal Peoples Council.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Aboriginal Healthy Living records

  • GR-3896
  • Series
  • 1993-2010

This series consists of records of the Aboriginal Healthy Living group and related records created from 1993-2010. Records include committee files, executive records, treaty negotiation records related to health issues, and aboriginal health education and research files.

Committee files include correspondence, presentations, terms of reference, records of decision, and other records. Committee files relate to the Provincial Aboriginal Social-Economic Strategy, Aboriginal Health Transition Fund Adaption Committee, Aboriginal Health Leads Committee, Aboriginal Health Network, Aboriginal Health Transition Fund Workshop Subcommittee, and Aboriginal Reference Group Meetings.

Executive records include briefing notes, referral replies and issues records.

Treaty negotiation case files relate to the negotiation of health related agreements with First Nations outside of the B.C. Treaty Commission process and the negotiation of formal pre and post treaty agreements. Records may relate to the identification and negotiation of the Ministry's responsibilities for the delivery and provision of certain health programs and services, the definition of new authorities for First Nations over the design and delivery of health programs and services, and the establishment of inter-ministerial and/or inter-governmental agreements. Files relate to Nisga’a pre-treaty agreements related to MSP and treaty negotiations, as well as the ʔaq̓am (St. Mary’s Indian Band) Community Care Home interim agreement and Maa-Nulth First Nations Treaty Society negotiation.

There are also Aboriginal health research project files on: First Nations Chief Health Committee Terms of Reference, the Special Cabinet Meeting on August 17, 2002 with First Nations Summit, and Status Indian Health Utilization database.

Ministries responsible for the creation of this series, and their dates of the responsibility, are:
Ministry of Health (1976-2001)
Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005)
Ministry of Health (2005-2008)
Ministry of Health Services (2008-2011)

Records in this series are covered by ARCS 200-20, 280-20 and 280-30, and ORCS 70150-20, 70180-30, 70180-40, 70020-30, 70120-00 and 70120-50 of the Aboriginal Health Program ORCS (schedule 128755). Records have been selected for full retention.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health Services (2008-2011)

Ministry of Human Resources ads

  • GR-3584
  • Series
  • 1979

The series consists of television commercials and public service announcements made by the Ministry of Human Resources, with the participation of the Ministry of the Attorney-General, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health in 1979 as part of the "Year of the Child and Family in B.C."

British Columbia. Ministry of Human Resources (1976-1986)

Public health engineering plans

  • GR-3546
  • Series
  • 1967-1989 (originally created ca. 1920-1989)

The Health Act of 1893 (SBC 1893, c. 15) established a system by which the government would review and approve public water supplies, and systems of sewerage, that are contemplated by municipalities and incorporated companies, and, in later health act revisions, individuals. The series contains engineering plans from ca. 1920 to 1989.

The records consist of copies of engineering plans submitted to the government by third parties and approved by government in accordance with the Health Act. The plans are of various scale and sizes. They government stamped the plans to show the date of the approval. The plans are numbered sequentially from 1 to 18171. Each number represents an application. There are also plans at the end of the series that are numbered from 12-001 to 14-002. Most applications consist of one plan though some applications consist of multiple plans. An index to plans 1-18171 are available in GR-3547.

The following government offices were responsible for approving these plans:

Provincial Board of Health 1920-1946
Dept. of Health and Welfare 1946-1959
Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance 1959-1973
Dept. of Health 1973-1976
Ministry of Health 1976-1979
Ministry of Environment 1979-1989

The records have been classified as 32900-30 in the Health Safety and Protection Operational Records Classification System.

British Columbia. Ministry of Environment (1988-1991)

Alternative Payments program files

  • GR-3487
  • Series
  • 1968-2011

The series consists of applications, reports, forms, correspondence, printouts from government databases, and budget information received, maintained and created by the Ministry of Health and its successors. The records were created between 1968 and 2011 for the Alternative Payments program. The series documents the provision and monitoring of Medical Services Plan (MSP) funding for physician and health care practitioner services through alternative payment agreements to regional health authorities. The functions of the Alternative Payment program were controlled by the Physicians’ Compensation branch.

The Alternative Payments program is a method of funding physician services by the Medical Services Plan through means other than the fee-for-service method. The program is designed to secure sufficient access to care in situations where fee-for-service arrangements may not guarantee physicians the financial support or stability to be able to provide needed care, such as in teaching hospitals or community-based services in rural areas. There are two models for alternative payments : service agreements and sessional arrangements. Service agreements consist of a contract between the Ministry of Health and a Health Authority which retains physicians under contract or direct employment. Sessional arrangements are based on contracts between a Health Authority and a physician.

Records consist of alternative payment agreement accountability records case files. Records regard reviewing applications from regional health authorities for funding for programs within their geographic areas of responsibility; developing and monitoring agreements with regional health authorities; monitoring programs funded by alternative payments methods; and processing payments to regional health authorities in accordance with approved agreements. The series also include some files with related policies, procedures and forms.

Ministries responsible for the creation of this series, and their dates of the responsibility, are:
British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)
British Columbia. Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005)
British Columbia. Ministry of Health (2005-2008)
British Columbia. Ministry of Health Services (2008-2011)

The records are arranged in several groups of accessions by health region and then by agency or health authority. The records are covered by Medical Services Plan ORCS 40740-20, 40600-00 and 40700-02.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Staff and patient photographs

  • GR-3421
  • Series
  • 1950-1967

The series consists of approximately 1005 black and white photographs taken by Mental Health Services between 1950 and 1967. The photographs consist of black and white prints and 4 x 5 acetate negatives.

The photographs are of Mental Health Services staff based at Essondale, Crease Clinic and Woodlands School. Some patient photographs are included. Some of the photographs show staff at work and were used for annual reports and other publications and some are "passport" style portraits. Most of the people in the photographs are identified and many include photograph classification numbers.

The photographs are arranged alphabetically by last name. The prints are in container 890935-0012 and the negatives are in container 890935-0010.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Pathological master file photographs

  • GR-3420
  • Series
  • 1946-1967

The series, called the pathological master file, consists of ca. 1483 photographs and their card index file created by the Mental Health Services between 1946 and 1967. The photographs consist mostly of black and white prints and 4 x 5 acetate negatives. There are also a few colour negatives and transparencies and 2 glass negatives.

The photographs are of the patients at Crease Clinic, Essondale and Woodlands School and document adults and children with various conditions, both physical and mental. There are whole body shots as well as close up's of specific conditions and injuries. In addition there are numerous photographs of brain samples to illustrate the pathology. The photographs have been numbered and the prints are filed within the card index, which is arranged alphabetically by condition. There is a card for each file which identifies the patient, date the photograph(s) were taken and the condition. The negatives are arranged separately by file number. There are also some unnumbered and unidentified photographs. The negatives are in containers 890935-0008 and 0009 and the prints and card file are in containers 890935-0011 and 0012.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Photographs of institutions operated by the Mental Health Services

  • GR-3419
  • Series
  • 1948-1967

The series consists of approximately 5250 black and white photographic negatives taken by Mental Health Services between 1948 and 1967. The negatives are acetate and are mostly in a 4 x 5 format with some 35 mm. There are 62 black and white prints interfiled with the negatives.

The photographs are of various British Columbia mental health institutions including the Boys Industrial School, Colony Farm, Colquitz Mental Home (Saanich), the Home for the Aged in Vernon and in Terrace, Woodlands School, Essondale (Coquitlam) and the Crease Clinic.

The photographs depict the grounds and buildings (both internal and external views) of the mental health institutions as well as photographs of construction and equipment. There are photographs of staff and patients involved in a variety of activities including medical treatments, events, ceremonies, leisure activities and other programs.

The negative files are arranged numerically in seven boxes: 1-657, 658-1004, 1005-1135, 1136-1242, 1245-1325, 1326-1409 and 1410-1499.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Ministry of Health educational slide shows

  • GR-3394
  • Series
  • 1974-1979

The series consists of educational slide shows created by the Ministry of Health and its predecessor body, the Dept. of Health between 1974 and 1979. The slide shows cover a variety of topics including: food handling, meat cutting, dishwashing, vegetable preparation, poisonous plants, heroin treatment, home care, pregnancy and childcare. The series also includes an incomplete set of printed scripts designed to be read out while showing the slides, and audio cassette tapes that accompany file 9, Life in the inner sea, and file 10, Eating for a baby.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Minister's slide show : Ministry of Health

  • GR-3393
  • Series
  • 1978

The series consists of a slide show and accompany script called "Here's looking at you". This slide show was created by the Ministry of Health and was designed to be given by the Minister of Health.

British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

Executive records

  • GR-2649
  • Series
  • 1963 1979

Ministry of Health executive records. This collection includes the files of J.W. Mainguy (Deputy Minister of Health 1975-1978), W.J. Lyle (Deputy Minister of the Hospital Insurance Service 1972-1975 and Deputy Minister of Medical and Hospital Programs 1975-1977), and Chapin Key (Deputy Minister of Health 1978-1981). It also contains files of outgoing correspondence of Dennis Cocke (Minister of Health 1972-1975), and R.H. McClelland (Minister of Health 1975-1979). These files were transferred from the Ministry of Health in 1987. There are four series: 1.Subject files of the Deputy Minister of Health, J.W. Mainguy (1975-1978), followed by Chapin Key (1978-1981). Boxes 1-23, 1963-1979. 2.Subject files of the Deputy Minister of Medical and Hospital Programs (W.J. Lyle). Boxes 24-27, 1964-1978. 3.Binders re Conferences of Ministers and Deputy Ministers. Boxes 27-28, 1974-1977. 4.Daily correspondence files (outgoing) Boxes 29-30. -Minister of Health - (Dennis Cocke), 1974-1975. -Minister of Health - (R.H. McClelland), 1976-1977. -Deputy Minister of Medical and Hospital Programs (W.J. Lyle), 1974-1977.

British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance