HealthLink BC 8-1-1

Do you need to talk to someone about a health problem?

8-1-1 is a phone line that is available 24 hours a day.

Anyone in B.C. can get free health information and advice over the phone. It is operated by HealthLink BC, a part of the B.C. Ministry of Health.

What do I do?

Call 8-1-1 to speak to someone. They can help you find health information and services. Or, they can connect you with a health care professional.

She is calling 8-1-1 for health information and advice.


A nurse can help answer questions about non-emergency health concerns any time of the day.

They can:

  • discuss your symptoms
  • explain procedures
  • recommend whether you should see a health care provider in person

Healthy eating

A dietician can answer questions about health eating, nutrition and special diets. You can call Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


An exercise professional can answer questions about physical activity and exercises. You can call Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


A pharmacist is available at night to answer questions about medications. You can call any time from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Can I get help in my language?

You can ask for help in your language. 8-1-1 can provide a translator in more than 130 languages. To find resources in other languages, visit Translated Resources.

Adapted from HealthLink BC • Photo: Pexels/Jack Sparrow