Statement from Terry Lake, CEO BCCPA on Changes to PHO Orders

Burnaby, BC (April 5, 2023) — Today, Dr. Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, announced changes to the Provincial Health Officer’s Orders, relating to long-term care and assisted living. These changes will bring an end to the following-requirements:

  • Mandatory rapid testing for visitors
  • Mandatory vaccination requirement for visitors
  • Universal masking for visitors
  • Restrictions on gatherings, events or activities
  • Active screening of visitors

Changes will come into affect immediately, and existing vaccination requirements for staff will remain in place.

Terry Lake, the CEO of BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) and EngAge BC issued the following statement in response to this news.

“As we adjust to a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, providers will be working closely with families to ensure that the transition to the new visitation guidelines goes smoothly. The patience of families is appreciated. As always, we remind visitors to stay home if they are feeling sick.”

Jamie Lozano
Media & Communications Specialist
604-736-4233 ext. 236


About BCCPA & EngAge BC:

Established in 1977, BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) is the leading voice for B.C.’s continuing care sector. Our growing membership base includes over 450 long-term care, assisted living, and commercial members from across British Columbia. Through its operating arm EngAge BC, the organization represents independent living and private-pay home health operators.

BCCPA and EngAge BC members support more than 19,000 seniors annually in long-term care and assisted living settings and 6,500 independent living residents. Additionally, our members deliver almost 2.5 million hours of home care and home support services each year.


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