The following information provides a snapshot of some of the health services available within or near Agassiz. Depending on your needs, you will have access to a broader continuum of specialty resources and health care professionals located throughout Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.
- Average family income after-tax: $65,395
- Unemployment rate in 2011: 6.7%
- Non-official languages spoken at home in 2011: German (0.7%), Punjabi (0.4%), Dutch (0.3%)
- Physicians per capita: 33 per 100,000
- Specialists per capita: Not reportable
The BC Community Health Profiles provide data that facilitates dialogue about community health.
6,000 (2011 data)
Agassiz's Healthy Aging Report provides key information to underpin potential strategies to improve the health status of seniors in Fraser Health and keep them in the community.
Kent's Community Profile provides local data to support collaborative community health planning.
School district 78 | www.sd78.bc.ca
The District has 10 schools:
- 4 elementary schools
- 2 combined elementary to secondary schools
- 1 secondary schools
- 2 adult education centre
District of Kent Agassiz | www.district.kent.bc.ca
Chilliwack General Hospital
45600 Menholm Road, Chilliwack, B.C. | 604-795-4141
Chilliwack General Hospital is a community hospital. Its role is to provide primary, core secondary, and some specialty services. These include services that can be accessed with or without a referral, such as 24/7 emergency and acute care, general and internal medicine, cardiac care, obstetrics, general surgery and certain surgical subspecialties, and inpatient and outpatient care. Chilliwack General Hospital provides inpatient psychiatric care for adults along with outpatient detox for adults with substance use issues.
Offering a range of primary, secondary and specialty services, Chilliwack General Hospital has 131 acute care beds. In 2016/17, Chilliwack General Hospital saw 54,092 emergency room visits, provided care to 8,051 inpatient and 10,497 surgical daycare cases, delivered 821 newborns, and had 139,123 visits to ambulatory care.
Chilliwack General Hospital provides community hospital services to Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz residents.
These services include:
- 24/7 Emergency
- Medical imaging
- Cardiac services
- Maternity care
- Pediatric care
Fraser Canyon Hospital
1275 7th Avenue, Hope, BC | 604-869-5656
Fraser Canyon Hospital is a 10-bed community hospital, providing 24/7 emergency stabilization and care, general medicine, and ambulatory care services. It is supported by an integrated network of community-based programs and services, ranging from health promotion and prevention to residential and hospice care. Fraser Canyon Hospital is the local hospital for Hope and area residents are the primary users. Providing services in a rural area, Fraser Canyon Hospital has an active emergency department and an effective emergency transport system for transfer of patients to Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre or Royal Columbian Hospital (Fraser Health’s trauma and cardiac centre in New Westminster) through BC Ambulance Services, by air and by road. In 2013/2014, Fraser Canyon Hospital saw 9,747 emergency visits, treated 473 inpatient cases, and had 17,308 visits to ambulatory care.
Fraser Canyon Hospital provides community hospital services to Hope and Agassiz residents.
These services include:
- 24/7 Emergency
- Medical imaging
Home and community care services
- Agassiz Home Health office provides nursing support, older adult day programs, case management, respite care and more.
- How to Access: Home Health services can be accessed by calling the Home Health Service Line at 1-855-412-2121. The home health team will start the assessment process, assign a case manager and then conduct an assessment of the person’s care needs to determine what home health services are required. Some clients may access home health services through a Home Health Liaison when they have been admitted at a hospital and cannot return home without support.
Residential care and assisted living
- We provide subsidized residential care for adults who can no longer live safely or independently at home due to complex health care needs.
- Chilliwack and Agassiz currently have two Fraser Health owned and operated facilities and six contracted facilities. These facilities provide 714 residential care beds in the community.
- How to access: Subsidized residential care beds can be accessed by calling the Home Health Service Line at 1-855-412-2121. The home health team will start the assessment process, assign a case manager and then conduct an assessment of the person’s care needs to see if they are eligible for residential care. If a person already has a case manager and is receiving care at home, they can speak directly with their case manager about their desire for residential care.
Mental health and substance use
- See tab below for mental health and substance use services in Agassiz.
- How to access: Please call the Agassiz Mental Health office at 604-793-7160. Those looking for substance use support can also call the province-wide Alcohol and Drug Information Referral line at 604-660-9382 or 1-800-663-1441.
We provide a range of services to promote health and wellness in the community. These services include but are not limited to:
- pregnancy and early motherhood care
- early childhood development
- speech therapy
- hearing clinics
- dental care
- youth clinics
- harm reduction
How to access: Please call the Agassiz Public Health office at 604-793-7160.
For more information on your community, visit the Community Health Atlas.
Services located in Hope/Agassiz/Harrison/Boston Bar communities include:
- Psychiatric Liaison Nurse in the Fraser Canyon Hospital Emergency Department (5 days/week)
- Community Mental Health Centre
- Central Intake and Referral Service/Adult Short-term Assessment and Treatment Team
- Adult Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (ASTAT) Team: session limited 1:1 counselling
- Adult Community Support Services (ACSS) Team: for individuals with a serious and enduring mental illness, including rehabilitation services
- Older Adult Community Mental Health: short-term assessment and treatment for older adults with psychiatric issues
- Community Rehabilitation Services: Occupational Therapy, Peer Support & Wellness Program, Therapeutic Volunteer Program, Rehabilitation Fund
- Nurse Practitioner Service for Agassiz, Hope, Anderson Creek (Boston Bar) and Fraser Canyon
- Adult Psychiatry Clinic on a bi-weekly basis for Hope and Agassiz
- Older Adult Psychiatry Clinic on a bi-weekly basis for Hope and Agassiz
- Primary Care Access Clinic - mental health and substance use support to unattached patients
- Contracted substance use outpatient counselling/prevention program serving adults and youth (includes Youth Outreach Workers and School and Community-based Prevention Program)
- Aboriginal Mental Health Nurse Liaison provides mental health outreach services to First Nation communities in Agassiz, Hope, Boston Bar, and in the Fraser Canyon corridor
- Concurrent Disorders Therapist provides consultation and outreach services to Agassiz, Boston Bar, Harrison and Hope
Regional services available to individuals in White Rock include:
Substance use services
- Creekside Withdrawal Management Service (adult detox and dedicated youth detox/30-day stabilization beds)
- Creekside Daytox Program (medically monitored day program)Maple Ridge Treatment Centre (intensive residential treatment program for men)
- Maple Ridge Treatment Centre (intensive residential treatment program for men)
- Kinghaven Treatment Centre (intensive residential treatment program for men)
- Peardonville House (intensive residential treatment program for women – can accommodate preschool age children)
- Contracted supportive recovery facilities for men and women called STLRs (Stabilization and Transitional Living Residences)
- Second stage supportive housing
- DEWY (Day, Evening, Weekend Youth intensive day treatment program)
- Intensive day treatment program for adults (TEAM – co-ed; WELL - Women’s intensive; MELL – Men’s intensive)
- Psychosis Treatment Optimization Program (PTOP) provides additional supports for individuals living with psychosis who have not responded well to previous treatments
- Gaining Ground, a Fraser Health teen and young adult mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative includes mindcheck.ca (a provincial website) and Speak Up (dedicated online space as well as targeted education and youth peer network)
- Youth Concurrent Disorders Program for youth with issues in both mental health and substance use
- Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services for adolescents and adults with both developmental disabilities (IQ of 70 or less) and complex mental health needs
- Psychiatric High Acuity Unit (PHAU) at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre and Surrey Memorial Hospital
- Fraser Health Outpatient Eating Disorders Program
- Fraser Health Child and Youth Neuropsychiatry Clinic, Child and Youth Psychiatry General Teaching Clinic as well as Infant Psychiatry Clinic on Surrey Memorial Hospital grounds
- In-patient Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital
- Adolescent Day Treatment Program (ADTP) at Surrey Memorial Hospital
- START (Short Term, Assessment, Response, Treatment) Teams – program for youth
- Reproductive Psychiatric Clinic at Royal Columbian Hospital Outpatient Department and Gateway Station Mental Health
- Regional Neuropsychology Assessment and Consultation at Royal Columbian Hospital Outpatient Department
- Community Residential Emergency Short Stay Treatment (CRESST) at Abbotsford, Surrey and New Westminster
- Neuropsychiatry Outreach Clinic, located at Delta Hospital, provides specialized assessments and consultation for individuals with mental illness and brain injury
- Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) Program (liaison/integration service between Mental Health and Substance Use and Probation Services)
- Regional Tertiary (intensive and highly specialized) Mental Health Services:
- Arbutus Place, 42-bed Older Adult Rehabilitation and Behavioural Stabilization Program in Langley
- Clayton Heights, a 29-bed Older Adult Rehabilitation and Behavioural Stabilization Program in Surrey
- Connolly Lodge, a 20-bed adult specialized residential facility on Riverview grounds
- Cottonwood Lodge, a 24-bed adult specialized residential facility on Riverview grounds
- Cypress Lodge, a 20-bed mental health rehabilitation facility on Riverview grounds
- Cedar Ridge, a 20-bed Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit in Chilliwack
- Memorial Cottage, a 25-bed mental health rehabilitation facility in Langley
- Memorial Cottage, a 24-bed Acute Older Adult Unit in White Rock
- Neuropsychiatry In-patient Program for adults with complex brain disorders/injuries and mental illness (Fraser Health has 10 beds in a Vancouver facility)
- Family Support, Education and Respite Program
- Mental Health Advocacy Services
- Disability Rights Advocacy website – Ask an Advocate
Centralized Fraser Health Crisis Line provides 24/7 telephone support, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and community resource information for people of all ages:
- 604-951-8855 for callers residing west of Aldergrove
- 1-877-820-7444 toll-free for callers east of Aldergrove
For information about these services please contact: Hope Mental Health Centre: 604-860-7733 | 1275 7th Avenue | Hope
Or visit the mental health and substance use section of our website.
Province-wide Alcohol and Drug Information Referral: 604-660-9382 or 1-800-663-1441
Overdose response supports and services
Community forums: Participated in community forums on substance use services, harm reduction, stigma reduction and compassion.
Events: Hosted and/or participated multiple community events to raise awareness of the overdose crisis, including the Women’s Health Fair in Agassiz/Harrison.
Business outreach: Outreach to local businesses in Hope, Agassiz, Harrison and other communities to inform them on how they can help with overdose prevention, needle recovery, and engaging with individuals on the street through work with businesses and business improvement associations.
Addictions task team: In Chilliwack, a task team was formed to promote prevention, stigma reduction, and community-based opioid crisis response. This team is part of the Community Healthy Partnerships table and along with Fraser Health, includes participation from the City of Chilliwack, RCMP, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Division of Family Practice, Pacific Community Resources Society, Ruth and Naomi’s Mission and a community member at large.
Street outreach network: In Chilliwack, an outreach network was developed to enhance support and connect with frontline staff impacted by the overdose crisis. Coordinated by Fraser Health, the participants include Pacific Community Resources Society, RCMP, Griffin Security, Ann Davis Transition Society, Wilma’s House (Xolhemet Society), Ruth and Naomi’s Mission, Salvation Army, Chilliwack Community Services and Mamele’awt Qweesome and To’o Housing Society.
Peer engagement: Two peer engagement projects have been initiated involving stigma reduction and peer-led research. Projects include funding support to hire 5-12 people to engage with 100 of their peers and 100 community members.
Community outreach: Outreach to Hope Health Unit and Agassiz Youth Centre, Hope and Area Transition Society, and Thunderbird Motel to share information on the public health emergency, as well as mental health and substance use programs available.
Education, training and public awareness campaigns
Naloxone training: Naloxone training is available through Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz public health units, as well as the Pacific Community Resource Society Mobile Health Van. Fraser Health has also trained twelve sites in Chilliwack and more in the surrounding communities that provide social services, health services, housing and shelter to administer naloxone and reverse overdose.
Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies: Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are available at Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope public health units, community mental health centres and Pacific Community Resources Society Mobile Health Van. In Chilliwack, harm reduction supplies are available at Pacific Community Resource society, which includes Chilliwack Health and House Centre and Mobile Outreach.
Safe sharps disposal: Sharps disposal services are available Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz public health units.
Safe sharps recovery: In Chilliwack, Pacific Community Resource Society and Griffin Security undertake regular sweeps of key locations in order to identify and safely dispose of any discarded sharps. In Chilliwack, Hope, Kent and Agassiz, community members who find discarded sharps may contact Pacific Community Resources Society Mobile Health Van to arrange collection.
Surge outreach: Monthly, on weeks when income assistance cheques are issued and during periodic surges in overdose volumes, public health nurses and Mental Health and Substance Use clinicians conduct outreach to areas with high volume of overdoses to distribute Take Home Naloxone, intervene in overdoses, assess and refer people to treatment.
Opioid Agonist Treatment clinics: Improved access to first line treatment for opioid addiction (medications like Suboxone and methadone) with a clinic opening in Chilliwack in October.
Outpatient substance use programs: Provided through a contracted agency in each community, outpatient substance use programs include school-based prevention services, individual and group counselling, family support, psycho-education and opioid agonist treatment.
Substance use treatment beds: Increased access to treatment by opening 147 new substance use treatment beds throughout the region, for a total of 465. In addition, Fraser Health has access to 32 beds at Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and 5 at Heartwood Centre for Women in Vancouver. The 465 beds are a combination of sobering centre mats, withdrawal management, short-term access to recovery, stabilization and transitional living residence and intensive residential treatment beds. These services include specialized support for Indigenous men and women, young men and women ages 19 to 24, and women (including pregnant women). The following services are located in Agassiz and Chilliwack:
- Intensive residential treatment (IRT) beds: 165 IRT beds for adults (including 4 for youth and 22 for young adults 19-24 years old) in five owned and operated/contracted programs. Of these beds, 12 IRT beds are located in Chilliwack.
- Stabilization and Transitional Living Residences (STLR): 219 beds, including 4 for youth, for individuals post-detox that require additional support. Of these beds, 23 are in Agassiz.
- Short-term Transitional Access to Recovery (STAR): 26 STAR recovery beds for people 19 years and older who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness due to substance misuse. Of these beds, 2 are located in Agassiz.
Riverstone home/mobile detox/daytox: Medically supported residential and home services for people in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Agassiz, Hope and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows communities.
Outreach team: The Chilliwack outreach team provides services seven days a week, 12 hours per day. The team provides services to people with serious mental health or substances use concerns that require intensive outreach. We are also currently recruiting for a new outreach position for Indigenous people with mental health and substance use issues in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority. In addition, the team works with Chilliwack General Hospital’s emergency department and inpatient units to identify patients with substance use needs who can be safely discharged and be better served in a community setting.
Health services leadership
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation
Since 2000, the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation has been working with Fraser Valley communities to support local health care needs by raising funds for vital medical equipment and patient services at four acute care centres: Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital, Fraser Canyon Hospital in Hope and Mission Memorial Hospital. They also support the Agassiz Community Health Centre and other community based home, mental health and public health programs.
45600 Menholm Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 1P7
Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary
The Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of volunteer support services and fundraising initiatives to assist in the continuation and growth of healthcare services for Chilliwack General Hospital.
Sardis Station Main
Chilliwack, BC V2R 1A7
Auxiliary to Fraser Canyon Hospital and Fraser Hope Lodge
The Auxiliary to the Fraser Canyon Hospital/Fraser Hope Lodge is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of volunteer support services and fundraising initiatives to assist in the continuation & growth of healthcare services for Fraser Canyon Hospital & Fraser Hope Lodge.
Chilliwack Division of Family Practice
The Chilliwack Division of Family Practice is a non-profit society that represents family physicians in Chilliwack, Agassiz-Harrison, and Hope.
45600 Menholm Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 1P7