Welcome to the Vancouver Division of Family Practice

The Vancouver Division of Family Practice is a not-for-profit society funded by the Government of British Columbia and Doctors of BC, and works in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, British Columbia Ministry of Health, Providence Health Care, and other community organizations.  Our mission is to improve the primary care system in Vancouver for the benefit of our patients and members alike.

As the largest provincial division, membership of more than 1,000 family doctors represents 92% of the practicing family doctors in Vancouver and 20% of physicians in the province.

What's new at the Vancouver Division


Board of Directors Elections 2018- Voting opens October 18th

We would like to invite all General and Resident Members to cast your vote in the 2018 Elections for your Board of Directors. We have a diverse slate of candidates, whose  candidate statements can be viewed here.  The voting period opens October 18th and runs until November 1st. An electronic ballot will be sent to your primary email address through Simply Voting. Your participation is crucial in guiding the future direction of your Division!

For full information on the election process, please click here. The new Board will be announced at the Division’s Annual General Meeting. To register for the AGM, please visit:


Opportunity for Partnership: Urgent Primary Care Centres

Vancouver Coastal Health and the Vancouver Division of Family Practice are requesting expressions of interest and qualifications from interested parties for the provision of Urgent Primary Care Services and suitable Facilities from which the services can be delivered (together “Urgent Primary Care Centres” or “UPCCs”).
It is the intent of VCH and the DoFP, over the coming period, to establish up to five (5) UPCCs at various locations in the City of Vancouver, with the most immediate one required to be operational by March 31, 2019, and future UPCCs becoming operational over the next few years.  
This RFEOI is conducted exclusively on the VCH Bonfire Portal at  and the process closes at 5 pm on October 31st. An information session will be held on Monday, October 22nd at 2:30pm at EPi Centre, 8th Floor, 601 West Broadway for interested respondents.  


Does your clinic have eligible supervisors for provisionally licensed GPs?

The Vancouver Division works with Health Match BC to recruit GPs from the US, UK, Ireland, and Australia. These GPs have been granted a provisional license to practice in BC and require a physician supervisor, but can see, bill, prescribe, and diagnose patients on their own. If your clinic is interested in expanding your recruitment efforts to these provisional candidates, please contact the Recruitment & Retention Team.


Planning your locums for Fall and Winter Holidays?

The Division provides assistance to GPs looking for coverage in both a long and short term capacity. Reach out to our Locum Matching Service with dates and details about your practice. Please contact the Recruitment & Retention Team for information. 


GPs needed for well-supported patients with mental health complexities

The Patient Attachment Initiative has matched almost 7,500 unattached patients to GPs in Vancouver. Currently, more capacity to match well-supported patients with mental health complexities is needed. Any GPs who are able to accept one new mental health patient per month from this program please contact Catherine Addison. Learn more here


Vancouver Division Access to Telephone Interpreting Services

Vancouver Division has signed up for members to access on-demand phone interpreting services as part of the Provincial Language Service’s pilot project.  The services are voluntary and at no cost to you. Click here for more information.  Click here to visit the PHSA webpage about PLS. 


Upcoming Vancouver Division Events

November 6: Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training for physicians
Vancouver Coastal Health Aboriginal Health Department is offering Vancouver Division members who work with or have patients identified as First Nations, Aboriginal or Indigenous to take part in ICS training to help ensure care is culturally safe and appropriate for their patients. 

November 8: 2018 Annual General Meeting
Be sure to register for this year's AGM, taking place at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on the evening of Thursday, November 8.