Caring for the People Who Care for Us

We are focused on improving workplace health, safety, and wellbeing for the more than 330,000+ people working in B.C.’s heath sector. We do that by bringing together the key partners – health unions, employers, Doctors of BC, Ministry of Health, and WorkSafeBC – to make consensus decisions to invest and influence province wide programs and initiatives.

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New website homepage puts program work front and centre

In SWITCH BC’s first two years, we wanted to tell you all about us, so our site was focused on introducing our new organization and our plans to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone working in healthcare.

Those plans are now in action as our programs are rolling out.

Our new homepage now brings our work front and centre.

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New Guide and Task Group Meets at the Provincial Physicians Health and Safety Summit

SWITCH BC had the perfect opportunity to release its Community Physician Health and Safety Guide – a B.C. first – single source of truth for all workplace health and safety rules and regulations for community physicians and their staff.

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Province announces $155.7 million to recruit, retain, and train allied health workers

The Ministry of Health is announcing new initiatives aimed at tackling recruitment and retention issues in the health sector and at expanding health services to rural or remote communities

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Why SWITCH BC?

SWITCH BC was created because employers and unions saw the need for a provincial, systemic organization to support all workers. People working in health care are two times more likely to be injured on the job than the average worker in B.C., workplace mental health injury claims are higher in healthcare than in any other sector and many health workers face violence while caring for patients, residents, and clients. There are many excellent programs at various employers to improve health, safety, and wellbeing but most are not available to all health workers, province wide. We’re working to change that.

2x more likely to be injured at work compared to average B.C. worker*

*WorkSafeBC

89% respondents faced verbal violence at work*

*What We Learned Report

40% of all mental health injury claims in B.C. from health sector*

*WorkSafeBC

Employers, unions and physicians working together to create safer, healthier workplaces.

Our Goals

Your Stories

At SWITCH BC, we value the voices of everyone working in healthcare as we support and promote a culture of health, safety, and wellbeing.

Your Stories are interviews with health care teams about the challenges they face, how we can improve the system, and why they love their work.

Jacob Berthelot

Jacob Berthelot

B.C. dispatcher Jacob Bertlelot works in the Interior of the province. Jacob has found through the pandemic and in climate crisis related events, working with the public has become more challenging - with unprecedented call volumes putting greater pressure on the ambulance service. Jacob became a dispatcher because he wanted to provide dynamic frontline care.

Patricia Costa

Patricia Costa

B.C. paramedic Patricia Costa says being a part of the community and seeing people thriving after providing care is one of the most rewarding reasons she works in healthcare.

Corey Froese

Corey Froese

Corey Froese has been a paramedic for more than 20 years, and is passionate about workplace health, safety, and wellbeing.

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Have Your Say

Have Your Say

Listening to people working in healthcare is the best place to start when making decisions to better support their health, safety, and wellbeing. Your Say is our engagement platform. Help us develop, support, and enhance programs and services for your workplace.

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