Series GR-3494 - Minutes and annual reports

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Minutes and annual reports

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  • 1914-1999 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Interior Health Authority

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3.9 m textual records

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Interior Health was established in 2001 as one of the five geographically-based health authorities in British Columbia. It was created by the merger of 20 different health authorities, which ranged from large regional boards to smaller community health services societies. Interior Health serves a geographic area of nearly 215,000 square kilometers covering 59 incorporated municipalities and includes cities such as Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Penticton, and Vernon. It serves the Okanagan, Kootenay Boundary, East Kootenay and Thompson Cariboo Shuswap regions.

As per the Health Authorities Act, the Interior Health Authority’s mandate is to plan, deliver, monitor, and report on publicly funded health services for individuals within its jurisdiction. The Authority is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors who are appointed by and responsible to the Provincial Government.

Custodial history

Boxes 1 and 2 were originally in the custody of the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Health Board. All records entered the custody of the Interior Health Authority, most likely after its creation in 2001.

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The series consists of the annual reports, publications and minutes of various health units in the Okanagan and Kootenay regions. The records were in the custody of the Interior Health Authority and it appears that the Health Authority received them after 20 smaller health units were merged to create one geographically-based health authority in 2001.

The series consists of the annual reports of the South Okanagan-Similkameen, the Cariboo, the Northern Interior, the North Okanagan, West Kootenay, Central Kootenay, East Kootenay, Skeena and Selkirk health units. Although the records date to between 1914 and 1999, not every health unit is represented by a complete run of annual reports. The Legislative Library of BC also has many of the same annual reports, and it is possible that any gaps in this series can be filled by their holdings. The annual reports provide statistics and overviews of matters of public health and safety.

The series also consists of the minutes of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Board of Health, and the Health Officers’ Council of British Columbia. The minutes document key decisions made by the Board.

The records are covered by ARCS 202-20, 338-20 and 442-20.

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Transferred from the Interior Health Authority in May 2016.


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Legislative Library of BC holds many of the annual reports and minutes.

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Accession number(s) : 95-7953

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