Autism Spectrum Disorder affects reasoning, social interaction and communication. It can affect the functioning and development of the brain and is usually evident before a child turns three years old. It is a spectrum disorder, which means there is a wide variation in how it affects children.
Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions
The Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC) program's diagnostic assessment services are intended for children and youth who have significant difficulties in multiple areas of function including those with known or suspected history of exposures to substances with neurodevelopmental effects.
Referral from pediatricians or child psychiatrists is required (with exceptions based on access).
BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN)
The BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN) provides diagnostic assessments for those with suspected autism spectrum disorder and accepts referrals from all physicians.
BCAAN assesses and diagnoses children who may have autism. Our goal is to provide timely assessment and diagnosis within a reasonable distance of the child's home.
BCAAN includes specialists and health care professionals throughout BC. Assessment services are provided by each of the five geographic health authorities. BCAAN ensures the standards and guidelines (PDF) set by the Ministry of Health are met and reports to the Ministry on behalf of its health authority partners.
BCAAN provides diagnostic assessments for children and youth (0 to 19) who have been referred for a question of an autism spectrum disorder. BCAAN accepts referrals from all physicians; specialists and non-specialists.
December 1, 2021
Wait times for autism assessments
- The overall wait time in BC is approximately 84.7 weeks
- Wait times may vary across the province, however, we are working to make sure wait times are similar throughout the province
Find out wait times
- Want to know more about wait times in your area or your child's approximate wait time? Contact the regional coordinator in your health authority
How do I have my child assessed for autism?
The first step to getting your child assessed for autism is to make an appointment with your doctor or pediatrician. Your doctor may refer you to an assessment program in the area where you live (see above). Read the FAQ section for more information.
Private assessments are also accepted by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (see Diagnosis Forms).
Questions? Contact your local office for more information.
BCAAN & CDBC regional coordinators
Interior Health Region
Interior Health Children's Assessment Network
Community Health and Services Building
505 Doyle Avenue
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 0C5
BCAAN/CDBC Interior Health Referral Form (PDF)
Island Health Region
Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health
2400 Arbutus Road
Victoria, BC, V8N 1V7
BCAAN/CDBC Island Health Referral Form (PDF)
Northern Health Region
1444 Edmonton Street
Prince George, BC, V2M 6W5
BCAAN/CDBC Northern Health Referral Form (PDF)
Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Regions
Sunny Hill Health Centre
4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1
BCAAN/CDBC Vancouver Coastal & Fraser Referral Form (PDF)
Provincial Autism Resource Centre
PARC is located at Sunny Hill Health Centre and receives complex, tertiary level referrals
via regional service teams.
4500 Oak St
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1
Tertiary Referral Team for CDBC
This team is located at Sunny Hill Health Centre and receives complex tertiary-level referrals via regional service teams.
Contact SHHC CDBC:
4500 Oak St
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1