Specialist Physicians

Our hospitals are at the centre of Northwestern Ontario’s healthcare system. They are leading-edge, with the patients at the core of everything they do, and they are some of Thunder Bay’s best places to work.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a world-class academic health sciences centre. A 375-bed acute care facility that offers an expansive range of specialist services, it was architecturally designed to provide a more inviting and less stressful atmosphere for patients, families, visitors, and staff.  TBRHSC is the Regional Trauma Centre and Cancer Referral Centre for Northwestern Ontario and it operates the second busiest emergency room in Canada.

TBRHSC is the teaching hospital of choice for over 1200 learners from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead University, Confederation College, and other partnering academic institutions. Learners and health care professionals are provided with education through Simulation Based Learning, allowing them to practice and expand their knowledge and skills within a sa``fe and controlled environment.

Its research arm, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute (TBRHRI) houses the region’s only Cyclotron and Radiopharmacy, capable of producing medical isotopes for clinical use. Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 research hospitals since 2010, its contributions are an important part of Canada’s healthcare future.

St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) offers a broad range of programs and services in addictions and mental health, rehabilitative care & chronic disease management, and seniors’ health in Thunder Bay. Its sites include a rehabilitative care hospital, long-term care homes, residential addictions programs, supportive housing, and outpatient services. SJCG is Northwestern Ontario’s regional lead for rehabilitative care, behavioural supports and palliative care.

Coupling research with mobilization, the Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR) supports internal and external staff and clinicians through expertise, project consultation and knowledge translation. SJCG’s Behavioural Sciences Centre provides service to many companies and businesses in the region through Employee & Family Assistance Programs, the provision of confidential, high-quality counseling, as well as insurance and workplace assessment services.



Specialist physicians must be certified with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (CPSO).

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 Practice Opportunities

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) actively recruits a broad array of specialist physicians for full-time positions and locum coverage. St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) is seeking physiatrists, psychiatrists, chiropodists, and rheumatologists help deliver high-quality patient care for their rehabilitation and mental health services. For more information on opportunities for specialists at SJCG, contact their human resources department. View the current recruitment needs of each organization on TBRHSC’s medical recruitment page and SJCG’s career portal.

There are also opportunities for private practice in Thunder Bay outside of hospitals. Contact us today to discuss the viability of your specialized or focused practice in Thunder Bay.

Are you interested in a position with one of our hospitals, or do you want to learn more about starting or expanding your independent practice in Thunder Bay? You may be eligible for a Ministry-funded site visit. If you’d like to explore specialist practice opportunities in Thunder Bay, contact us to arrange a site visit.

Additional Links for Practice Opportunities


Physicians looking for locum opportunities with either hospital are encouraged to contact Medical Affairs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Care Group’s Human Resources department. Many locum opportunities are also posted on HFOJobs.


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.


Northern Specialist Alternate Payment Plan (NSAPP)
Annual incentive of $60,000 paid to eligible specialist physicians. Contact us for more information.


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 living, working, academic opportunities, and having fun in our community by exploring GoToThunderBay.ca.

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

Email: healthrecruitment@thunderbay.ca