September 26, 2019  — How many physicians are there in Canada? What are their average gross payments? How old is the average physician? Discover the answers to these questions and more about Canada’s physicians in our annual update.

Key findings

  • Doctors: In 2018, there were 89,911 physicians in Canada, representing 241 physicians per 100,000 population.
  • Dollars: Total gross clinical payments to physicians reached $27.4 billion in 2017–2018, a 3.9% increase over the previous year.
  • Demographics: The proportion of female physicians in the workforce continued to rise in 2018.

Featured material

Read the report

Find out more about the current physician landscape in Canada with this summary.

Download the report (PDF)

A profile of physicians in Canada

Learn more about Canada’s physicians with this visualization.

See the data visualization

Data releases

National Physician Database (NPDB)

Learn about payments to physicians and services provided. Data goes back to 1996–1997.

Scott’s Medical Database (SMDB)

Get the number and distribution of physicians, including demographics, education and migration.

Physician Services Benefit Rate (PSBR)

Interprovincial fee comparisons for physician services and benefit indices are calculated.