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Resident Doctors of BC

About the Resident Doctors of BC collective agreement

The Resident Doctors of BC (formerly known as Professional Association of Residents of BC or PAR-BC) bargains on behalf of approximately 1350 resident physicians working for publicly funded health care employers in British Columbia.

This Collective Agreement covers employees that are distinguished from other health sector employees in that they are essentially both students and workers. They are medical graduates who participate in a graduate educational program leading to qualification for independent practice as a family physician or a specialist physician.

Residents provide direct and in-hospital care. Residents have earned a medical degree (MD) and must complete an additional two or more years of training in a hospital or clinic before they are able to practice without the supervision of fully licensed physician.


HEABC and the Resident Doctors of BC (RDBC) commenced negotiations for a new contract on April 28, 2022. The current RDBC Collective Agreement expired March 31, 2022; however, the terms and conditions of the current collective agreement remain in effect until replaced by a renewed collective agreement.