Family Physicians

Family doctors in Thunder Bay enjoy a healthy work-life balance, state of the art practice facilities, and the comfort and security of employment in supportive work environments.

There are over 15 primary care clinics in Thunder Bay which represent a mix of models including Family Health Teams (FHTs), Organizations (FHOs), and Groups (FHGs), as well as Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Aboriginal Health Access Centres to address the needs of the population while providing physicians with many options.


Family physicians must be certified with the College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

If you are a foreign-trained doctor (international medical graduate), find out how to become a licensed physician in Ontario.

 Practice Opportunities

Practice opportunities for primary care physicians abound in Thunder Bay. Many clinics are looking for passionate and dedicated primary care doctors to join their teams:

Want to learn more about practicing family medicine in Thunder Bay? You may be eligible for a Ministry-funded site visit. If you’d like to explore practice opportunities in Thunder Bay, contact us to arrange a visit.


Physicians looking for locum opportunities in Thunder Bay are encouraged to browse HealthForceOntario’s job bank or contact a local clinic directly. You may also email your CV and availability to provide locum coverage to


Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative (NRRRI)
Grant of $80,000 distributed over four years to family physicians and specialists. Physicians must apply and be approved for the program prior to starting practice. Visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website to learn more and apply.


Northern Physician Retention Initiative (NPRI)
Grant of $7,000 annually for family physicians and specialists after minimum four years of service. Visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website to learn more and apply.


Physician Peer to Peer Recruitment Grant
Grant of up to $1,000 to use toward conference registration and travel costs in exchange for peer-to-peer recruitment. Learn more and apply.


Community Assessment Visit Program
Reimbursement of travel expenses for a site visit to Thunder Bay. Contact us to learn more.

Physicians in Thunder Bay are well compensated and enjoy a low cost of living as well as short commutes and all the stress-free convenience that come with a relaxed lifestyle. Learn more about livingworkingacademic opportunities, and having fun in our community by exploring

Contact us

Community Health Sciences Recruiter
Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC)
Suite 201 – 34 Cumberland Street North
Thunder Bay, ON  P7C 5K4

Direct: (807)625-2541
Toll-free: 1-800-668-9360