A large number of Canadians do not have a family doctor. This section provides information on how you can find a doctor, specifically through each province and territory’s college of physicians and surgeons.
However, there are other ways to find a family doctor, including letting friends know that you are searching for one, researching new practices in your neighbourhood, and asking community clinics whether any other of their doctors are taking on new patients.
If you are without a family doctor for a long period of time, it is important to make sure that you are still receiving routine medical care, such as pap tests, mammograms if you are in the target age group set by your province or territory, and colorectal cancer screening. A doctor at a community or free-standing clinic will be able to conduct a pap test and ensure that you receive colorectal cancer screening. In most provinces and territories, you do not need a referral to your breast cancer screening program. For additional information, consult the sections on cervical cancer screening, breast cancer screening, and colorectal screening on this website.