Walk-in clinic wait times can reach up to 90 minutes in Metro Vancouver

Dec 12 2019, 2:06 pm

British Columbians experience some of the longest wait times at walk-in clinics in the country according to newly released data from the Medimap Clinic Wait Time Index.

The company says the data is “the first of its kind” and captures a snapshot of walk-in clinic wait times and capacity data. The results are based on Medimap data collected between November 1, 2018, and October 31, 2019.

In total, seven BC cities placed on Medimap’s list of top 10 cities in Canada with the longest average wait times at walk-in clinics.

Sidney, Langford, and Victoria place at the top of the list with wait times of 180, 117, and 92 minutes, respectively.

Cities with the LONGEST avg waits across all provinces
City Prov Avg wait (mins)
Sidney BC 180
Langford BC 117
Victoria BC 92
Morinville AB 91
Maple Ridge BC 91
Halifax NS 91
Nanaimo BC 82
Williams Lake BC 80
Kingston ON 77
Pitt Meadows BC 75

Medimap also included data of the longest wait times in the Lower Mainland.

According to the results, Maple Ridge residents waited for 91 minutes on average before being seen by a doctor at a walk-in clinic.

Maple Ridge has the second-longest wait times in the region (71 minutes), followed by Coquitlam (58 minutes), Vancouver (53 minutes), and Port Moody (52 minutes).

Cities with the LONGEST avg waits across B.C. Lower Mainland
City Avg wait (mins)
Maple Ridge 91
Pitt Meadows 75
Coquitlam 58
Vancouver 53
Port Moody 52

According to Medimap’s findings, BC residents spend on average nearly double the wait time (50 minutes) to see a doctor, compared to those in Alberta who wait 23 minutes on average.

The provincial average for wait times at walk-in clinics between November 1, 2018, to October 31, 2019, was 31 minutes.