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What We Do

BC Renal is the driving force behind the kidney care network in British Columbia.

Our mandate

Using the latest research and collective knowledge of the kidney care community, we address the challenge of kidney disease by:

  • Planning and monitoring the delivery of province-wide kidney care services
  • Developing province-wide clinical standards and guidelines
  • Developing funding models to support best health outcomes
  • Measuring and reporting on patient and system outcomes
  • Supporting knowledge-development through research and teaching
Our goals are to:
  • improve early diagnosis and treatment
  • ensure that the system itself is financially sustainable
  • educate British Columbians about the risks and signs of kidney disease

We serve three main groups:

  • People in BC and Yukon who have kidney disease, particularly people who need dialysis
  • Kidney disease caregivers
  • Researchers interested in kidney disease

We also ensure consistent and accurate communication about kidney care with the BC Ministry of Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority and BC’s regional health authorities.

As a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), BCPRA is accredited through Accreditation Canada. Accreditation Canada recognized our information system/database (PROMIS) in their annual report as a "Leading Practice."


Organizational structure

Founded in 1997, BC has the only renal network of its kind in Canada. Through linkages to other organizations, BC Renal coordinates all aspects of kidney care related to service delivery, funding, research and education, patient support, and government liaison. A network of committees support our work. (See a diagram of the Provincial Renal Network Structure)

BC Renal is a virtual network. We have a small group of staff at a central office, complemented by a network of health care professionals in the regional health authorities.

Kidney care providers from across the province participate on a range of committees. For more information, read the BC Renal  Organizational Structure and Function, or see the Committees section.


Staff members at BC Renal include:

  • Provincial Executive Director

  • Director, Learning, People and Operations

  • Director of Operations, PROMIS

  • Director, Strategic Initiatives and Development

  • Director, Business Planning

  • Strategy Lead, Home Therapies and Palliative Care

  • Senior Officer, Methodology and Analytics

  • Lead, Infrastructural Planning

  • An Administrative Support Group


BC Renal has been part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) since 2002. Our partners include:

BC Renal works closely with the five regional Health Authority Renal Programs (HARPs). Each HARP has a Medical Director and an Executive Sponsor. There is also a Medical Director - Kidney Services: Pediatrics Program.

In cooperation with the health authority renal programs, BC Renal coordinates service delivery to patients in eleven hospitals and 24 community dialysis units throughout the province. For more information, see the section on Kidney Services.

Strategic Plan

Vision, mission & core values

Our vision 
People with kidney disease in BC have access to the highest quality, person-centred care, enabling them to live their lives to the fullest.

Our mission 
The BC Provincial Renal Agency is responsible for the coordination and funding of outstanding kidney patient care, and acts as a catalyst for research, knowledge translation and innovation.

Our core values 
Our values provide a focus for how we approach our work and the work of the BC renal network. They collectively inspire a culture that is dynamic, engaged and results-oriented.


We are passionate about and dedicated to improving the lives of those dealing with kidney disease. Our success is measured through patients' access to care, health outcomes and quality of life.

We are passionate about and dedicated to improving the lives of those dealing with kidney disease. Our success is measured through patients' access to care, health outcomes and quality of life.

We value and actively support collaboration with a range of institutions and organizations that collectively support seamless care delivery, knowledge development and an understanding of the patient perspective.‎

Our work – be it clinical, financial or administrative – is informed by the best available knowledge, research and evidence.‎


BC Renal is an agile, streamlined organization that leverages the collective knowledge of the renal network to develop innovative solutions for clinical and systemic challenges and barriers.


BC Renal strives to create a flexible, supportive and positive work environment that fosters commitment and a sense of meaningful contribution. We value our people.

We strive to have an open and honest relationship with our staff and our community. We are committed to process improvement and being transparent about how decisions are made.


Strategic Priorities

Strategic Priorities 2018-2021:          

Action Plan

BC Renal's action plan provides stepping stones to achieve the agency's long term vision – “An innovative, integrated health system resulting in outstanding care for patients with kidney disease.”

It also aligns with and supports the overall goals and objectives identified in the Provincial Health Services Authority's strategic plan.

Reflective of our core mandate, the action plan integrates clinical care, research and administrative responsibilities, identifying key milestones and outcome indicators for focused actions over a three year planning cycle.

There is a renewed focus on partnerships and collaboration with the renal network, as well as with BC Transplant and primary care. Internally, there is a continued emphasis on organizational capacity, supported by detailed strategies to ensure we have the leadership, structure, people and systems to deliver on our key priorities.

For detailed information about the current action plan, please contact the agency at

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