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About genetic counsellors

Genetic counsellors are health care professionals who provide individuals and families with information on the nature, inheritance and implications of genetic disorders to help them make informed medical and personal decisions. Genetic counsellors also provide supportive counselling to individuals and families with sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity, and they serve as educators and resource people for other health care professionals and for the general public. 

Genetic counsellors usually practise in a medical genetic clinic, other medical specialty areas, and related public and private health institutions in the roles of administration, marketing, consulting and activities related to research in the field of medical genetics and genetic counselling. 

CIHI collects high-level, standardized information on 30 groups of health care professionals in Canada. This includes information on their supply, distribution, demographics and regulatory environment. To find out more about CIHI’s health workforce data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

To learn more about genetic counsellors, contact us at hhr@cihi.ca.