Services

When moving to any new community, some of the top considerations are schools, child care and health care.  Vernon has an abundance of quality options for all families.

Education

The education system includes pre-school through to post-secondary. School District 22 offers a variety of programs including Montessori, french immersion, Aboriginal education, forestry, career and apprenticeship programs, and students without borders, RCMP and snowsports academies.  Click here for an interactive map of the schools.

To register your child for elementary or secondary school. You may need to provide proof of address, birth certificate, and immigration papers if transferring from another country.  If you want your child to attend a private or independent school, ask where to register them. 

Okanagan College offers a selection of programs and services at its Vernon Campus. The programs include university transfer, career and technical programs, academic upgrading, trades training, and non-credit community education programs.  

The University of British Columbia – Okanagan (UBC-O) is located a short 30 minutes to the south in nearby Kelowna. The campus, which opened in 2005, now has over 8,700 students with approximately 15% being international. UBC-O offers a variety of post secondary educational opportunities including more than 50 bachelor programs from Medicine (MD) to Engineering (BASc) to Fine Arts (BFA).

For young children, there are many child care options and supports for families and children with special needs.  

Public Schools

Vernon Public Schools invites parents of students to examine the choices offered in School District No. 22.  In the area, there are 5 comprehensive secondary schools and 14 elementary schools that can meet your child’s needs.  All schools offer strong academic, Fine Arts and Applied skills programs that will allow your child to develop to his/her potential.
Use Schools Locator link to find out what school is located in your catchment area. This would be the school you or your child would typically attend. Or you can view catchment maps. Please note: this information is provided as a tool to assist in determining attendance areas. It is recommended that the school catchment maps and school locator be used together to confirm a school boundary.

  • 14 Elementary Schools from K-7 including one unitrack French Immersion School for grade 1-7.
  • 5 Secondary Schools from 8 - 12, with one French Immersion School.
  • Alternative Education Program with sites in Vernon, Lumby, and Westside
  • International Programs
  • Aboriginal Education Programs
Okanagan College

Okanagan College is the second largest trade training intuition in British Columbia. The College offers a wide range of academic, vocational, trades, apprenticeship and continuing education programs and courses. The Vernon Campus of Okanagan College has a wide variety of education and training programs that offer:

  • Small class size - you will never be a number!
  • Interactive connections with instructors and professors
  • Lower tuition rates than universities
  • Free tutoring
  • Art & Science courses transferable to universities 

Whether you want to upgrade your skills, train in trades or professional certificates, take first and second year university transfer courses or pursue a career in business or health, they will help you get on track for a new career.

UBC - Okanagan

Located 30 minutes south of Vernon, The University of British Columbia - Okanagan UBC-O opened in 2005. UBC is one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 40 best universities. UBC-O offers a variety of programs including:

  • Arts (BA)
  • Education (BEd)
  • Engineering (BASc)
  • Fine Ars (BFA)
  • Human Kinetics (BHK)
  • Management (BMgt)
  • Media Studies (BMS)
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Nursing (BSN)
  • Sciences (BSc)
Finding Child Care

Vernon Child Care Resource & Referral links families and child care providers by offering free consultation, support, and referral services to parents seeking child care.  We work with the community to strive for quality inclusive child care services that meet the needs of local families and promote the healthy development of children.  Subsidies may be available.  

Links to additional child care and family support services are available on the Social Planning website. 

Health Care

Comprehensive health care services are provided in Vernon by Interior Health Authority. Our newly-expanded hospital (Vernon Jubilee Hospital) is one of the core facilities offering acute and emergency care, ambulatory care, medicine and surgery, psychiatry, maternity and pediatrics.

Interior Health also provides several other health services within the community, including mental health and addictions services, public health nursing, Aboriginal health, home and community care programs, residential and assisted living facilities as well as laboratory and diagnostic services.

 Interior Health facilities in Vernon is enhanced by private walk-in clinics, doctors offices, dentists, optometrists, and other health professionals who can be found through any online directory services.  To find a doctor who is taking new patients, search through the College of Physicians website.

If you are moving to BC from another province or country, you will want to learn more about BC's publicly-funded health care system that ensures all eligible BC residents have access to medically necessary health care services through the Medical Services Plan and to eligible prescription medications, medical supplies, and pharmacy services through the PharmaCare program.

To apply for a Medical Service Plan card, visit the Service BC centre in downtown Vernon. The Service BC centre offers many services in addition to the medical services plan, including driver's licenses and child care subsidy forms.

Hospitals, Walk-in Clinics and Doctors

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital is located at 2101 – 32 Street, on highway 97 on the south end of the city.  The Vernon Jubilee Hospital (VJH) is responsible for providing core medical and surgical specialty services to patients throughout its service area. Hospital services include core physician specialties, 24 hour emergency and trauma services, acute and obstetrical care. 

There are two privately operating walk-in clinics in Vernon. To find a doctor who is taking new patients, visit the BC College Physicians and Surgeons' website