Facts and Timeline

The Pharmacists in Primary Care Network (PCN) Program is part of the government’s primary health-care strategy to deliver team-based care to all British Columbians.


September 30 2021

Completion of Year 1. Read the Year 1 Highlights Document here

September 2021

First 23 PCCPs Hired 

  • In collaboration with health authorities and PCNs, hired 20 PCCPs for Year 1 and 3 PCCPs for Year 2

273 Community Pharmacies Engaged

  • Community pharmacies engaged at the local level within PCNs where PCCPs are hired

Program Evaluation Plan Developed 

  • Evaluation plan developed by UBC Evaluation team

July 2021

PACT Part 1 Launched 

  • First part of the Pharmacists Aligned in Shared Care Teams training program made available to all pharmacists through an asynchronous canvas catalogue course

March 2021

Committees Established for Information-sharing

  • Program Advisory Committee facilitates information sharing and collaboration between the Ministry, UBC, PCNs, and the regional health authorities  
  • UBC Health Authority Collaborative Committee facilitates the collaboration between the regional health authorities and UBC for hiring and deployment of PCCPs

February 2021

UBC Program Infrastructure Established 

  • Program team expanded to enable implementation 
  • Leadership and operational structures formalized 

Winter 2020

PCNs are identified and active planning to hire/place Primary Care Clinical Pharmacists (PCCPs) in PCNs begins.

October 2020

Final agreements and contracts are signed; program officially begins.


Plans and preparations get underway within the larger provincial team-based primary care strategy.

June 2018

The Honorable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, announces funding for the Pharmacists in Primary Care Network (PCN) Program. https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018HLTH0055-001118

Spring 2015

UBC submits a proposal to integrate pharmacists in team-based primary care at the request of the Ministry of Health.

November 2013

UBC opens the Pharmacists Clinic, commences prototyping of a service model where pharmacists are co-located in medical clinics to participate in the shared care of complex patients.