Family Medicine in Canada

Learn more about Family Medicine in Canada by accessing these online resources.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) accredits postgraduate Family Medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. It represents over 25,000 members in Canada and is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians and for advocating on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians and their patients.

The nature of Family Medicine practice in Canada is well described by the College’s Four Principles of Family Medicine:

1. The family physician is a skilled clinician.
2. Family medicine is a community-based discipline.
3. The family physician is a resource to a defined practice population.
4. The patient-physician relationship is central to the role of the family physician.

Learn more about the Four Principles of Family Medicine on the CFPC’s website. 


The Ontario College of Family Physician (OCFP) is the CFPC’s Ontario chapter. The OCFP is a provincial, voluntary, not-for -profit organization whose mandate includes undergraduate, post-graduate education, the continuing professional development of family physicians and the maintenance of high standards of medical care and education in family practice.


Family Medicine Departments in Canada


Eastern Canada

 Dalhousie University, Department of Family Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Memorial University, Discipline of Family Medicine, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador



McGill University, Department of Family Medicine, Montreal, Quebec

Université Laval, Département de médecine familiale, Québec City, Quebec

Université de Montréal, Département de médecine familiale et de médecine d’urgence, Montreal, Quebec

Université de Sherbrooke, Département de médecine de famille, Sherbrooke, Quebec



McMaster University, Department of Family Medicine, Hamilton, Ontario

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), Family Medicine Residents of the Canadian Shield (RoCS) Program, NOSM is in Sudbury, Ontario, residency is in various northern Ontario locations

Queen's University, Department of Family Medicine, Kingston, Ontario

University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Toronto, Ontario

University of Ottawa, Department of Family Medicine, Ottawa, Ontario

University of Western Ontario, Department of Family Medicine, London, Ontario


Western Canada

University of Alberta, Department of Family Medicine, Edmonton, Alberta

University of British Columbia, Department of Family Practice, Vancouver, British Columbia

University of Calgary, Department of Family Medicine, Calgary, Alberta

University of Manitoba, Department of Family Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Academic Family Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Government Resources: Ontario and Federal Health Websites



The Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MoHLTC) website

The MoHLTC’s For Health Care Professionals website



Health Canada: Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.