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About speech–language pathologists

Speech–language pathologists (SLPs) are health professionals who identify, diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.

Speech–language pathologists may practise independently or within an interprofessional framework, collaborating with other professionals such as audiologists, physicians, nurses, educators, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, child care staff and social workers, as well as communication health assistants. Speech–language pathologists provide a broad range of clinical and other professional services.

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.

Learn more about speech–language pathologists in our recent release on Canada’s health care providers.