In the current strategic plan Setting Priorities for the B.C. Health System (January 2014), the Ministry of Health has identified the establishment of an academic health science network (AHSN) in British Columbia as an enabling mechanism to improve patient outcomes in priority areas at a population-based level.
Establishment of an AHSN is also a key recommendation of the BC Health Research Strategy.
In summer 2015, work began on the development of an AHSN for British Columbia. An initial consultation in fall 2015 confirmed strong support from stakeholders across the health, academic and life science sectors for a provincial AHSN.
On February 29, 2016 the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network Society was established as a separate legal organization.
BC AHSN is registered as a non-profit organization (S-0062028).