The Canadian Institute for Health Information announced that they expect the number of doctors to hit record highs this year. After a perceived shortage of talent in Canada due to rising population and lower pay scale, the country made efforts to make physician occupations more attractive career options. The Institute reports that incomes rose 5% on average for doctors. However, 4.4 million Canadians still do not have a primary healthcare provider, with 800,000 of them saying they don't have a place to go for healthcare. With significant growth in the number of doctors in Canada, we wanted to look at recent hiring demand across the country.
In August, there were about 580 jobs for general practitioners available online. This is a 29% year-over-year increase and marks a new 4-year high in demand for doctors in Canada. Hiring has been trending upwards since December 2010.
Hiring Demand for General Practitioners and Family Physicians
The highest number of jobs was seen in Toronto, followed by Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary. The article suggests that there may be an uneven number of healthcare professionals across the country, with more rural areas still facing a shortage of Doctors in the workforce. Toronto accounted for more than one-fifth of the demand for Doctors. However, some of the greatest year-over-year growth was in smaller areas like Saskatoon and Moncton, which may indicate efforts to balance the availability of Doctors across Canada.
Locations with Most Job Ads for General Practitioners and Family Physicians - August 2013
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