The Health Workforce Database (HWDB) contains information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. It provides comprehensive national, provincial and territorial portraits, including information on
Find out more about Canada’s health workforce, including reports and analyses based on HWDB data.
The HWDB receives data from
- National professional societies and associations
- Provincial/territorial regulatory bodies
- Provincial/territorial governments
Data coverage and data availability
The HWDB contains administrative information such as practice setting; regulatory environment; and supply, demographic, education and employment characteristics. Jurisdictional coverage varies by professional group.
The HWDB contains 2019 record-level data for the following professional groups:
|Health care provider group||First year of data collection at CIHI||Next release date|
|Licensed practical nurses||2002||Spring 2021|
|Nurse practitioners||2003||Spring 2021|
|Occupational therapists||2006||June 2021|
|Registered nurses||1980||Spring 2021|
|Registered psychiatric nurses||2002||Spring 2021|
The HWDB contains aggregate-level data for the following professional groups. The next release will be in fall 2020 (2019 data):
|Health care provider group||First year of data collection at CIHI|
|Environmental public health professionals||1999|
|Health information management professionals||1988|
|Medical laboratory technologists||1988|
|Medical radiation technologists||1988|
Note: Due to unregulated status across all provinces and territories, data on environmental public health professionals, genetic counsellors, health information management professionals and medical physicists is not available in Canada’s Health Care Providers, 2014 to 2018 — Data Tables (XLSX). Data on opticians is also not available in this publication due to limited data availability. CIHI will continue to evaluate data quality for these groups of providers as annual data collection continues.
If you are interested in data on these groups of providers, email the Health Workforce Information team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Record-level health workforce data is collected using profession-specific data standards developed by CIHI in consultation with key stakeholders, including the data providers.
Collection of aggregate-level health workforce data varies depending on data availability by each professional group.
Key data elements for record-level data in the HWDB cover demographic and geographic characteristics, as well as education and employment details. See the following documents for more details, including data submission specifications for the professional groups with record-level data:
- Regulated Nurses Database Data Element List (PDF)
- Occupational Therapist Data Manual (PDF)
- Physiotherapist Data Manual (PDF)
- Pharmacist Data Manual (PDF)
Information on professional groups with aggregate-level data in the HWDB varies depending on its availability. At a minimum, data includes the number of members of voluntary professional associations. Data on registered health care professionals — along with age breakdown and gender — is provided by the appropriate regulatory authority where possible.
CIHI ensures that the quality of the information in our data holdings is suited to its intended uses and that data users are provided with accurate information about data quality. Read more about our Data and Information Quality Program.
For data quality documentation, refer to the methodological notes in these guides:
- Nursing in Canada, 2019 — Methodology Notes (PDF)
- Health Workforce, 2018 — Methodology Guide (PDF)
- Canada’s Health Care Providers, 2014 to 2018 — Methodology Notes (PDF)
For data quality information on the HWDB, contact us at email@example.com.