BC Emergency Health Services PAD Program Heart & Stroke Foundation
Updated as of April 27, 2021

Helping Save Lives in British Columbia

Welcome to the BC Public Access to Defibrillation (PAD) Program. To help save lives, BC Emergency Health Services and Heart & Stroke strongly encourage you to register your device with the free provincial AED registry. This will let BC Emergency Health Services know the location of the AED and allow 9-1-1 dispatchers to give that information to callers. This information could mean the difference between life and death.

AEDs can be registered privately or publicly. Either way, the AED registry will send monthly email reminders to complete a maintenance checklist, which helps you ensure the device is ready to use when it's needed.

Thank you for registering your AED and helping to save more lives!

Program update January 2019

The sponsored placement of AEDs under the BC PAD Program has come to an end. We take pride in knowing that under this program, we have placed 830 AEDs across the province. Although our funding for new placements and training has come to an end, the BC PAD Program and AED registry will continue to service communities through its other functionalities. If you would like to purchase a device, please refer to the manufacturers and suppliers questions lists.

Thank you for your support of the BC PAD Program and your interest in making your communities safer.

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What's New
Logo and AED Important update for venues that received an AED through the BC PAD Program
January 29, 2019

The sponsored placement of AEDs under the BC PAD Program has come to an end. Venues under the program that previously signed AED Supply Agreements with Heart & Stroke will not need to sign new agreements upon completion of the three-year term. Please continue to maintain your devices and replace expired batteries and pads when needed. This will keep the unit “active” in the BC AED registry, so it can be used during a cardiac arrest.

CPR whiteboard video Learn CPR and how to use an AED in less than 90 seconds
November 22, 2018

Learning CPR and how to use an AED has never been easier.

Heart & Stroke’s two new whiteboard videos break down the steps so that if you see a person suddenly collapse and they don't respond when you touch or speak to them, you are ready to act fast.


PulsePoint PulsePoint App launched in BC
February 27, 2018

British Columbians now have smartphone technology which can turn bystanders into potential life-savers when a sudden cardiac arrest occurs in public. The PulsePoint application connects CPR-trained bystanders with the provincial 9-1-1 emergency dispatch system. Dispatchers can alert app users located within a short walking distance of a public cardiac arrest, so that rescuers can begin CPR while professional medical responders are on their way.

GGMS Logo Heart and Stroke Foundation recognizes Gianfranco Giammaria Memorial Society
February 22, 2013

The new province-wide BC PAD Program builds on the efforts of many dedicated local and regional charitable groups and service agencies to place AEDs where they can save a life. However, in particular, the Heart and Stroke Foundation recognizes the significant work of the Gianfranco Giammaria Memorial Society in making Lower Mainland communities safer places with AEDs.

Heart and Stroke logo no text PAD Program Launched at Vancouver Public Library
February 06, 2013

Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid and Heart and Stroke Foundation CEO Diego Marchese unveiled the PAD Program's first donated AED at the VPL on February 6.

Heart and Stroke logo no text HSF calling for AED Legislation in BC
January 23, 2013

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is advocating to government to establish AED legislation requiring AEDs to be placed in specific public locations.

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The BC PAD Program Registry is a free service to all individuals and venues that have an AED.

All recipients of AEDs donated by Heart & Stroke are required to register and regularly update information about their device in the Registry.

For more information about how to manage your BC PAD Program AED, contact the BC PAD Program Coordinator at BCPAD@bcehs.ca or by phone at 1-844-953-3911.

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