About - BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit


biking-familyInjury prevention in British Columbia is about reducing unnecessary suffering and enabling people to live longer, fuller, happier lives. It is about promoting and safeguarding the health and well-being of British Columbians and reducing the need for health care services. Injury prevention means making choices to minimize risk at all levels of society while maintaining healthy, active and safe communities and lifestyles.

BCIRPU continues its successful program of injury surveillance and research, which has contributed to the understanding and prevention of injury in BC and beyond, and which has attracted significant research grant funding and added to the scientific and professional literature. BCIRPU continues to be a leader in the development and evaluation of evidence‐based prevention strategies, and to maintain a solid reputation among provincial, national and international injury prevention communities. Serving as a hub, BCIRPU plays a central role in coordinating and supporting injury prevention initiatives throughout the province and Canada. Strategic relationships with governments, health authorities, injury prevention networks, research institutes and NGOs builds capacity to better address injury prevention in BC and beyond.

Changing public perceptions about the ability to prevent injury is a key factor to success. A strategic partnership with The Community Against Preventable Injuries continues the development and implementation of an integrated communications and social marketing strategy aimed at increasing public understanding of injuries as predictable and preventable events. Through high quality and comprehensive injury data, evidence‐based practices, coordination and collaboration, BCIRPU continues its efforts to reduce the societal and economic burden of injury in BC.

Key Objectives

  1. Reducing the burden of injury in BC.
  2. Leading research and knowledge development.
  3. Improving surveillance.
  4. Guiding evidence‐based prevention.
  5. Supporting professionals and practitioners.
  6. Providing awareness, education and public information.
  7. Saving lives, reducing disability and promoting safety.