Health care professionals are one of the greatest assets of Canada’s health care systems. Evidence-based planning for and distribution of health care professionals — now and in the future — are vital parts of making sure Canadians can access health care services when and where they need them.

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Canada’s Health Care Providers, 2014 to 2018

Learn about the latest trends for Canada’s health care professionals. From audiologists to speech–language pathologists, explore data on 25 groups of professionals.

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Nursing in Canada, 2019

These products highlight trends in the supply, distribution, demographics, education, mobility and employment of 4 groups of regulated nurses in Canada.

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Physicians in Canada, 2018

This report showcases the latest information on the supply and distribution of physicians, their payments and the services they provide in Canada.

Find out more about Canada’s physicians

Health care professionals

There are many different types of health care professionals in Canada. CIHI collects data and information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada.

Detailed record-level information is available for the following groups of health care professionals. This includes supply, distribution, demographic, education, employment and practice characteristics.

High-level information is available for the following groups of health care professionals. This includes regulatory environment, supply, distribution and demographic information.

Health care professionals databases and data sources

Health Workforce Database

The Health Workforce Database (HWDB) provides information on the supply and distribution of 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. It also contains demographic, education, employment and migration information.

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Physicians data sources

The National Physician Database (NPDB) provides information on demographic characteristics of physicians, physician payments and physicians’ level of activity within Canada’s health care systems.

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Scott’s Medical Database (SMDB) provides information on the number of physicians and their distribution across Canada. It also contains demographic, education and migration information.

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