BC Contraceptives Program
Effective April 1, 2023, British Columbia residents will be eligible for FREE contraceptive products (some restrictions apply).
Patient information: Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca) Free contraceptives
Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
IUDs – hormonal and copper
Emergency oral contraceptives (morning-after pill)
** NOTE: Some brands or products are only partially covered. Speak to one of our pharmacists for details. **
What’s not covered?
Barrier contraceptives – condoms, cervical caps, diaphragms, sponges
Condoms are often available for free at sexual health clinics
Rings and patches – only covered by plan W (First Nations Health Benefits)
Who is eligible?
Residents of BC with current MSP coverage and a BC Services Card
How does it work?
Patient must present a prescription from a doctor and their BC Services card
For emergency oral contraception – present BC Services card to a pharmacist
Emergency oral contraception must be entered into your Pharmacare profile by a pharmacist for coverage but no prescription required
Private insurance may be used as second payer for partially covered products
If your current product is not fully covered, speak to a pharmacist to ask about changing to a generic or alternative product