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N. Ontario Physician Workforce Opportunities & Resources

Northern Ontario has much to offer! Stay for a bit or stay for a lifetime – there are a wide variety of opportunities for you to explore.

At NOSM University, we are working hard to support a shift from a historically fragile workforce to one with is flourishing – both clinically and academically.


Physician Employment Opportunities

Interested in locuming or a longer term career opportunity? We are working with our partners to help share opportunities that are available now. View details below.

The Health Force Ontario (HFO) portal lists many work opportunities for physicians. Sign in is required.

A selection of jobs in the communities of Northern Ontario can be viewed on this site: JobConnect.health. No sign in is required.

A summary of permanent and locum work for family physicians in Northern Ontario can be viewed in this PDF.

Last update: March 2023


Recruitment and Locum Resources

There are a number of tools available to assist with recruitment and planning for locum coverage.

Other Resources


*NEW Program – Nor-Star

The Ministry of Health recently announced the Nor-Star (Northern Ontario Resident Streamlined Training and Reimbursement) program, which aims to remove barriers to training more physicians in Northern Ontario through the reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs for residents from any Canadian residency undertaking clinical placements in Northern Ontario.

The program consists of three components:

Locum-Learner Dyads Travel and accommodation reimbursement to medical residents when accompanying faculty physicians from their home institution on locums in the Northeast and Northwest Ontario regions.
Postgraduate Electives Learners Travel and accommodation reimbursement to medical residents completing electives beginning on or after July 1, 2023 in the Northeast and Northwest Ontario regions.
Residents in the Restricted Registration Program Travel and accommodation reimbursement to medical residents providing clinical services in the Northeast and Northwest Ontario regions under the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario Restricted Registration Program.

Read more about Nor-Star here.

Medical residents can find out more information on the NOSM U Medical Electives website and view what opportunities are available on the new interactive Clinical Electives Catalogue.

For questions or program inquiries, please contact Nor-Star at norstar@ontariohealth.ca


Canada Student Loan Forgiveness – Did You Know?

Family medicine residents working in an under-served, rural, or remote community in Canada may be eligible for the Government of Canada’s Canada Student Loan Forgiveness for Family Doctors and Nurses program.

As a resident or family doctor, if you complete at least 400 hours total of in-person service over a 12 month period, you may be eligible for up to $8000 in loan forgiveness for that year. You could receive up to $40 000 in Canada Student Loan forgiveness over a maximum of five years ($8000 per year).

For more information about the program, eligibility criteria and application details please view the Government of Canada’s website. To determine if a community qualifies under this program, use the Postal Code Lookup Tool. Find a postal code on the Canada Post website.


Want to Know More About Communities?

From beautiful landscapes to unique experiences and exciting work opportunities, Northern Ontario has so much to see and do. Information about some of our communities can be found by visiting our updated interactive map and community profiles. Check out what electives opportunities are available in the new Electives Catalogue.

Have questions? Please reach out to us: physicianworkforce@nosm.ca 


Practice Management & Community Exploration Conference

On October 21st & 22nd, 2022, we held our 2nd annual Practice Management & Community Exploration Conference – Finding Your True North: Planning for Your Future Career. Educational sessions and panel discussions for learners, residents and their families focussed on planning electives, future work, and finances and included practical tips.

Check out the event website to view the following:

Interested in what the 2021 conference and job fair had to offer?

Learn about communities and what they have to offer under Community Visit Rooms.
See what opportunities were highlighted at the conference.
View presentation materials.


Contact Information

Office of Physician Workforce Strategy
Email: physicianworkforce@nosm.ca

Recruitment and Locuming Resources

HFO Resources for Family Medicine Locums in Rural and Northern Communities

HFO Resources for Family Medicine Locums in Rural and Northern Communities

HFO Providing Locum Coverage

HFO Providing Locum Coverage

OHA Professional Staff Credentialing Toolkit

OHA Professional Staff Credentialing Toolkit

HFO Recruitment Essentials Toolkit

HFO Recruitment Essentials Toolkit

Additional Resources

AMC joule Locum Evaluation Checklist

AMC joule Locum Evaluation Checklist

HFO Job Portal

HFO Job Portal

JobConnect.Health

JobConnect.Health

OHA Practical Solutions to Maximize HHR

OHA Practical Solutions to Maximize HHR