Public Health Alerts

Public Health Alerts

Health alerts such as outbreaks, boil water advisories and product recalls can come from various trusted sources throughout the Province of British Columbia, in your local Health Authority area, and right across Canada. This section of our website brings together all of these alerts in one location.

Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into topics with links to provincial and health authority specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.

We have highlighted the most recent alerts from all regions and sources in British Columbia, to ensure you have quick access to the latest public information that may affect you and your family. For food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts issues by Government of Canada agencies, visit the Across Canada tab. For information on air quality, forest fires, food inspections and water quality advisories, visit the In Your Area tab.

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June 19, 2024

***Drug Poisoning Overdose Advisory - Port Alberni - June 19, 2024*** Overdoses are increasing in Port Alberni. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

June 18, 2024

There's always potential for extended hot temperatures in the summer. Here's what you can do to ensure you and your family remain safe and healthy this summer.

June 13, 2024

People on the South Island experiencing a mental health or substance use issue that does not require a hospital visit can now access a same-day assessment appointment and/or walk-in counselling at Island Health’s Central Access and Rapid Engagement Services (CARES) in Victoria. People experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency should always call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency department immediately.

June 12, 2024

As B.C. transitions into warmer, drier summer months, the Province continues to take action to help keep people and communities safe from wildfires. This includes additional and faster support for people evacuated from their homes during an emergency.

June 12, 2024

Overdoses are increasing in Cowichan. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

June 12, 2024

Overdoses are increasing in Campbell River. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

June 11, 2024

Beige/ yellow chunks sold as Fentanyl contain high concentrations of Medetomidine and are associated with multiple overdoses.

June 10, 2024

Algae are a natural part of our water ecosystems in the Interior Health region. Blue-green algae are also found in our ecosystems like lakes. But unlike its name implies, blue-green algae are actually a microscopic bacteria called cyanobacteria.

June 6, 2024

June 6, 2024. VCH has issued a drug alert. Dark green pressed tablet with imprints “CDN” and “80” sold as oxycodone in the DTES of Vancouver tested positive for fentanyl and benzos and negative for oxycodone.

June 5, 2024

June 5, 2024 - Overdoses are increasing in Parksville/Oceanside. Friends, family and community members using opioids and stimulants face increased risk from injection and inhalation.

Ministry of Health RSS

The Ministry of Health works with health authorities, health care providers, agencies and other organizations to guide and improve the Province's health services to ensure that British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and better their health. Below is the latest public health-related news released by the Ministry of Health.

June 19, 2024
People are one step closer to increased access to cancer care in Nanaimo as Island Health and BC Cancer have issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a construction manager for the new BC Cancer centre at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
June 19, 2024
The Medical Services Commission of British Columbia and Harrison Healthcare Inc. reached a settlement on the petition filed Feb. 1, 2023.
June 18, 2024
People in Surrey are a step closer to having increased access to inpatient renal care now that a business plan has been approved for a new renal hemodialysis unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
June 17, 2024
Interior Health and BC Cancer have invited two qualified teams to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) stage to design and build the new BC Cancer centre at Royal Inland Hospital.
June 15, 2024
More people in B.C. will receive primary health care with the opening of British Columbia’s first dedicated francophone community health centre.

Last Updated: June 11, 2024

Each of the health authorities in the Province are responsible for providing current public health information to the people who live in that region. We have divided this section into topics with links to provincial and health authority specific information. These links will help you access the information that affects the community you live in.

Air Quality

Places to keep cool

When it’s too hot outside, many public places and municipal buildings can offer you a place to cool down. Local community centres, malls, pools and libraries usually have air-conditioned areas open to the public. Most communities in British Columbia have waterparks, wading pools and beaches where you can cool down. Local government websites often list community centres, fountains, libraries, swimming pools, water parks and wading pools.

If your local community is not listed, please call your local municipality or check their website to see where air-conditioned cooling centres are located. You can also contact your local library to see if they are open.

Drinking Water Quality and Advisories

Food Safety and Inspections

Health Authority News Releases

For latest updates from your Health Authority, see:

Mental Health and Substance Use

 

Issues such as food recalls, medication and product recalls, and allergy alerts can affect more than one province in Canada. Here we have provided quick access to public health alerts made public by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthy Canadians and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency RSS

In Canada, most food recalls are coordinated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Depending on the level of risk, the CFIA will issue a warning to the public. Below are the latest recalls issued by the CFIA.

June 18, 2024
Western Family brand Pot Barley recalled due to presence of insects. 
June 18, 2024
The food recall warning issued on 2024-06-14 has been updated to include additional product information*. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s food safety investigation. The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it contains gluten which is not declared on the label.
June 14, 2024
Irresistibles brand Roasted Garlic - Caesar Aïoli recalled due to possible bursting bottles.
June 14, 2024
The affected product is being recalled from the marketplace because it may contain wheat which is not declared on the label.
June 12, 2024
Timothy Oyster Fresh Pacific Oysters recalled due to a marine biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). 

Public Health Agency of Canada RSS

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) helps to protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Its activities focus on preventing chronic diseases, preventing injuries, and responding to public health emergencies and infectious disease outbreaks. Below are the latest health updates provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

June 19, 2024
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 23, 2024.
June 19, 2024
Social prescribing in Canada: health promotion in action, 50 years after the Lalonde report; Outcomes and instruments used in social prescribing: a modified umbrella review; How does fresh food prescribing fit into the social service landscape? A qualitative study in Ontario, Canada
June 14, 2024
In week 23 (week ending June 8, 2024) in Canada, percent positivity is currently highest for enterovirus/rhinovirus (11.8% positive) and SARS-CoV-2 (9.7% positive) among respiratory viruses under surveillance.
June 13, 2024
In Canada, no new cases of measles or rubella were reported in week 22, 2024.
June 7, 2024
In week 22 (week ending June 1, 2024) in Canada, percent positivity is currently highest for enterovirus/rhinovirus (11.0% positive) among respiratory viruses under surveillance.