BC-CPCSSN is one of eleven primary care research networks from across Canada that contribute data to CPCSSN, the first and only pan-Canadian multi-disease electronic medical record (EMR) surveillance system. CPCSSN’s overall goals are practice quality improvement, chronic disease surveillance and management, and research.

BC-CPCSSN was established in 2008 and has approval from the University of British Columbia Research Ethics Board. It is a non-for-profit funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Michael Smith Health Research Foundation.


BC-CPCSSN is part of the BC Primary Health Care Research Network (BC-PHCRN) which is part of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The BC-PHCRN is guided by a tripartite leadership of researchers, decision-makers, and clinicians. It receives direction and input from its advisory committee comprised of representatives of numerous key stakeholder groups and a Patient Advisory.