Along with ministries of health and other groups, CIHI tracks the workforce of nurses, physicians and other health care providers. CIHI develops annual reports and analyses to understand and highlight the types of services provided by our health human resources. This includes services provided by
CIHI gathers information on workforce size, practice settings and regulatory environments, as well as trends in supply, demographics and education. This is used by health care planners, decision-makers, policy-makers and researchers to support resource and use planning.
Key reports and analyses
In 2007, there were 258,000 registered nurses employed in nursing in Canada. After more than a decade of strong growth in the 1980s, the number of registered nurses decreased in the mid-1990s. This is reflective of a period of fiscal restraint that affected growth in the number of health care providers. The late 1990s represented a period of reinvestment in health care and, along with it, an increase in the number of registered nurses.
The age at which a student graduates from a regulated nursing program varies by profession. Across all three regulated nursing occupations—registered nursing, licensed practical nursing and registered psychiatric nursing—the average age at graduation increased over the last two decades.
Data for 2007 indicate that almost 15% of practising physiotherapists in Canada (excluding Nova Scotia, Quebec, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut) were educated outside of Canada. Data in regard to country of graduation show that these physiotherapists obtained their basic education in physiotherapy from a variety of industrialized and developing countries. The top three account for more than half of all internationally educated physiotherapists as follows: United Kingdom (31.5%), India (14.4%) and the United States (10.0%).
Access to a family physician often represents a point of entry to the health care system, as well as a way of ensuring continuity of care across the system for Canadians. This analysis examines the factors that can influence whether or not a family physician is accepting new patients, and how these factors differ among physicians working in urban and rural settings.