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Niagara Physician Recruitment and Retention Program

Family Physicians in Niagara

Dedicated to finding you the ideal practice setting and providing you with the resources for a successful career in medicine

The Niagara Physician Recruitment and Retention Program was established in 2001 to promote family practice opportunities and to attract and retain physicians in Niagara. The program works in collaboration with clinics and all 12 municipalities.

What We Do

  • Identify practice opportunities through collaborative efforts with municipalities and physician leads
  • Represent Niagara at medical schools and careers fairs in Ontario and Canada
  • Act as recruitment liaison with the DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Campus
  • Coordinate clinic and community tours based on practice and lifestyle preferences
  • Transition family physicians into communities
  • Manage the Family Medicine Locum Program for Niagara

Physician Opportunities

Niagara is home to the Niagara Campus of McMaster University Degroote School of Medicine and offers a variety of teaching opportunities.

Niagara is still classified as an underserviced community and qualifies for a Return of Service Contract through the Ministry of Health for the International Medical Graduates Post Graduate Program.

Many of the municipalities in Niagara are listed as High Physician Need and are actively recruiting into all types of models.

Locum program

Niagara Physician Recruitment also offers a Locum Program for family physicians. Locum duration ranges from 1-2 weeks and 6-12 months. For a list of active locum positions and job opportunities in Niagara, visit Health Force Ontario.

To be considered for any opportunities in Ontario you must be licensed through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario or eligible for your licence. Visit their website for a list of accredited international medical schools and other requirements.

As we work with physicians for one to two years prior to retirement, it's important to contact us as early as possible.

Hospital based physician positions

Specialist and hospitalist or emergency positions are posted with the respective hospital system:

  • For Niagara Health (Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Port Colborne and Welland), contact:

    Amy Etherington
    Administrative Assistant, Medical Affairs
  • For Hamilton Health Sciences (Grimsby and West Lincoln), contact:

    Ashleigh Del Bianco
    Administrative Assistant to Medical Director,
    Medical Affairs Office
    West Lincoln Memorial Hospital
    905-945-2253 ext. 330

Medical education

Residents looking for elective and rotations in Niagara can visit the McMaster University student page.


For a detailed consult on current and future opportunities in Niagara, connect with:

Jill Croteau
Physician Recruitment and Retention Coordinator
905-688-8248 ext. 3287
Twitter: @niagaradocs
Email Jill Croteau

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