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.

Latest key findings

  • Doctors: 2016 saw the highest number of physicians ever recorded in Canada.
  • Dollars: Clinical payments to physicians increased over the previous year.
  • Demographics: The number of new graduates and of female physicians in the workforce continued to rise.

Data releases

National Physician Database (NPDB)

Learn about payments to physicians and services provided. The latest metrics and indicators are for 2015–2016, and data goes as far back as 1996–1997.

Scott’s Medical Database (SMDB)

Find out about the number of physicians and their distribution across Canada, including demographic, education and migration information for 2016. Data goes as far back as 1968.

Physician Services Benefit Rate (PSBR)

Read about interprovincial fee comparisons for physician services. Benefit indices are calculated for family medicine and other specialties for 2015–2016.