Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is a publicly funded health service provider in the province of British Columbia. PHSA is unique in Canada as the only health authority having a province-wide mandate for specialized health services, although within British Columbia the First Nations Health Authority is also non-regional and highly dispersed. The five other health authorities in the province have regional jurisdiction. Services are provided either directly through PHSA agencies or through funding or collaboration with regional health authorities.

Provincial Health Services Authority
PHSA serves the entire province
MottoProvince-wide solutions. Better health.
TypeBritish Columbia Health Authority
Benoit Morin
$3.6 billion (approx) in 2019-20
18,000 (approx)

PHSA operates and manages a number of well-recognized specialized programs/services:

The PHSA concentrates on doing three things to meet its responsibilities in health care:

  • Provide leadership and management of selected agencies and organizations providing province-wide health care services;
  • Ensure health care is delivered by overseeing performance agreements, expectations and funding allocations for selected provincial health care programs and services; and,
  • Province-wide coordination of programs, services and support systems required by all health authorities and/or the Ministry of Health.

Management and employeesEdit

Because of its provision of province-wide specialized care, PHSA has repeatedly had the five highest-paid employees (each a physician) in the public health sector listed in annual reviews by the Vancouver Sun newspaper.[1]

Benoit Morin took over as president and CEO in February 2020 after the retirement of his predecessor, Carl Roy, who served as the executive leader of PHSA from January 2014 – February 2020.[2] The organization’s first president and CEO, Lynda Cranston, resigned after a controversial wage increase for 118 senior managers during a province-wide wage freeze for the public health sector.[3]

PHSA has been consistently named a top employer in Canada, and in October 2013 was again recognized with a national top employer honour.[4]

See alsoEdit

Regional health authorities in British Columbia

Other non-regional health authorities in British Columbia


  1. ^ Skelton, Chad (Feb 12, 2015). "Public sector salaries: Health authority doctors are top earners". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ "PHSA Executive". PHSA. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ McElroy, Justin (June 22, 2013). "Health authority CEO removed after giving pay hikes to 118 senior managers". Global TV BC. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Canada's Top 100 Employers 2014". Retrieved 24 March 2014.

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