Family Physician Recruitment Program

Hastings County developed the Family Physician Recruitment Program in 2006 to help ease the family doctor shortage that was being experienced across the 14 member municipalities of Hastings County.

Rather than offer a financial incentive to attract existing family doctors from other municipalities, and thus leaving them without a doctor, Hastings County took the long-term approach of recruitment by supporting medical students and residents of Canadian Medical Schools with their high expenses.

The program pays out $150,000 over 6 years to medical students or residents of a Canadian Medical School, or recent graduates who have not yet begun their practice, in exchange for providing 5-years of service practicing family medicine in Hastings County when they begin to practice.

The program has been very successful in addressing the shortage with 16 doctors signing up to the program, and 8 currently practicing across Hastings County, and 2 expected to begin in the next few years.

For more information about our program, and to hear from some of the doctors who have signed with us, please watch the video on this page.

Contact John Nicholas at: or at 613.966.1311 ext. 2335 with any questions or to arrange a tour of the medical facilities in Hastings County.