Find a family doctor in Canada

Read Canadian Living's guide to finding a physician in your province or territory.

By Frank Bushe

Links to help you find a family doctor

1. College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C.
Tel: (604) 733-7758
Fax: (604) 733-3503
Website: www.cpsbc.ca
Using the Physician Search feature revealed the names and addresses of 43 doctors in the Vancouver area who were currently accepting new patients.

2. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
Tel: (780) 423-4764
Fax: (780) 420-0651
E-mail: info@cpsa.ab.ca
Website: www.cpsa.ab.ca
On this site, as an example, a quick search provided the names of 27 doctors in the Lethbridge area who were accepting new patients.

3. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Tel: (416) 967-2626
Fax: (416) 961-3330
E-mail: feedback@cpso.on.ca
Website: www.cpso.on.ca
With the aid of the sophisticated search tools on this site, a user was quickly referred to physicians accepting new patients. These included 66 physicians in the city of Brampton, seven in the town of Ajax, and three in one central Toronto postal district.

The following six provincial sites feature directories that provide the names, addresses and phone numbers of physicians, but they do not indicate whether they are currently accepting new patients.

1. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
Tel: (204) 774-4344
Fax: (204) 774-0750
E-mail:cpsm@cpsm.mb.ca
Website: www.cpsm.mb.ca

2. Collège des médecins du Québec
Tel: (514) 933-4441
Fax: (514) 933-3112
E-mail: info@cmq.org
Website: www.cmq.org

3. College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
Tel: (506) 849-5050
Fax: (506) 849-5069
E-mail: info@cpsnb.org
Website: www.cpsnb.org

4. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
Tel: (902) 422 5823
Fax: (902) 422 5035
E-mail: adenhollander@cpsns.ns.ca
Website: www.cpsns.ns.ca
This site directs you to the Physician Referral Service of the Nova Scotia Department of Health, which "helps individuals find family health practitioners who are accepting new patients."

5. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador
Tel: (709) 726-8546
Fax: (709) 726-4725
E-mail: cpsnl@cpsnl.ca
Website: http://www.cpsnl.ca
The site features an interactive physician search engine, in which residents can locate a family doctor in their community who is accepting new patients.

The following five sources list government-provided health services and contact numbers but don't offer information on individual physicians.

1. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 244-7355
Fax: (306) 244-0090
E-mail: cpss@quadrant.net
Website: www.quadrant.net/cpss

2. Nunavut Health and Social Services
Website: http://www.gov.nu.ca/health

3. Yukon Health and Social Services
Tel: (867) 667-3673
Fax: (867) 667-3096
E-mail:hss@gov.yk.ca
Website: www.hss.gov.yk.ca

4. Northwest Territories Medical Association
Tel and Fax: (867) 920-4575
E-mail: nwtmedassoc@ssimicro.com
Website: www.nwtma.ca

5. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I.
Tel: (902) 566-3861
Fax: (902) 566-3986
Website: http://www.cpspei.ca

Other reading
The following website may also be useful:

www.intraspec.ca/find-a-doctor.php
This site presents readings, writings and research on selected subjects, including astrology, medical marijuana, memes, finding a doctor, and surgical and treatment wait times by province. The cluttered layout and general "busyness" of the site may not appeal to everyone.

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