How can I find a family doctor in Canada?

Modified on Wed, 24 Apr at 2:05 PM

The shortage of family doctors in Canada left many people without a primary care provider who are in desperate need of one. 

To find a family doctor who may be accepting new patients near you, you can:

  • Ask family and friends to introduce you to a family doctor who may be accepting new patients.
  • Ask walk-in clinic providers if they can take you on as a patient.
  • Visit your local hospitals as many of them have primary care divisions.
  • Utilize our Family Doctor directory to find a family doctor near you or in a specified city.

We gathered many resources, broken down by province, that you can utilize to help you find a family doctor or a nurse practitioner as your primary care provider.

Canada Nationwide

Call the 8-1-1 toll-free number to speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health services or connect you directly with various healthcare providers. This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Call 7-1-1 if you are hearing impaired.

8-1-1 is for non-emergency situations. If you are experiencing any medical emergencies call 9-1-1 or visit your local emergency room.

British Columbia






New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

Newfoundland and Labrador


Northwest Territories


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