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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for British Columbia

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Excellent

Good

Implement a central immunization e-registry.

Prevent smoking among youth

Excellent

Good

Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places to complement existing municipal bans.

The CPS credits municipalities that have banned smoking in recreational spaces, parks, beaches and publicly owned sports fields.  

Breastfeeding promotion (as per the WHO’s Baby-friendly Initiative)

Not assessed

Good

Provide incentives that encourage and support health facilities to become BFI-certified.

British Columbia has two facilities due for BFI redesignation. Facilities do not receive funding incentives from government to become BFI-certified.

Newborn hearing screening

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Poor

Poor

Initiate an enhanced well-baby visit at 18 months, with standard guidelines. If the visit is conducted by fee-for-service physicians, they should have access to office-based tools and a special fee code.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Booster seat legislation

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Management of type 1 diabetes in school

Not assessed

Good

Implement a reporting/evaluation mechanism to demonstrate consistency and effectiveness of policy.

Under BC’s provincial standards for supporting students with type 1 diabetes, a template care plan is completed by Nursing Support Services with the child’s parents, health team and school administrator. This care plan can be individualized to the student’s needs.

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
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Off-road vehicle safety legislation (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles)

Fair

Poor

Fair

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation for children/youth under 16 years old. Institute mandatory safety training. 

Province/TerritoryHighlights of provincial/territorial response to Jordan’s Principle
Jordan’s Principle

No response at time of publication.