How to Find a Family Doctor in Toronto


We’ve all heard about doctor shortages. It seems like everybody in Toronto has a story about trying to find a good family doctor or paediatrician. While you probably have lots of friends and family eager to recommend their own, chances those doctors are not accepting new patients. It can be hard to know where to go.

The good news is that if you live in the GTA, there is a doctor for your family. According to Statistics Canada, a 2010 Community Health Survey revealed that 9.2% of Ontario residents don’t have a regular doctor. Rural areas, especially those in Northern Ontario, are particularly underserved. Us city slickers, however, should be all right. The Ontario College of Family Physicians says that the GTA has 135 family doctors per 100,000 patients—which is the best ratio in the province.

Just before my first pregnancy, my family doctor moved out of town. Of course, life doesn’t always wait until you have all your ducks in a row or, in this case, a trusted family practitioner. I was excited and nervous when my home pregnancy test showed up positive and promptly went to a downtown walk-in-clinic to arrange for blood work to confirm the test. When I called to book an appointment with my local midwives, I was told that I’d also need a family doctor. Oh.

I wound up cold calling several family doctors in my area until I found one that would take me. Lucky for you, there’s several resources that can help you find a doctor for your family without spending an afternoon working the phones.

Health Care Connect
This provincial website helps to connect patients to local family doctors who are accepting new patients. The process can take some time, but they do try to prioritize pregnant women and young children.
This is a website set up by the Ontario government to offer information and assistance to new immigrants. They have a section dedicated to healthcare, which includes information on OHIP, finding a family doctor, emergency services, community health, mental health and nutrition.

This site is set up for the sole purpose of making it easy for patients to find specialized health care providers near them. (So you can’t find a family doctor, but you can search for a paediatrician.) I was given the first names and phone numbers of three paediatricians within 10 km of my house in minutes.

Caring For Kids
The Canadian Paediatric Society has a parent resource site that includes information about whether you should see a paediatrician for your child’s primary care and how to go about finding one.
This is another simple online portal that aims to make it easy for people to find healthcare providers in their community. You can search for various specialties including family physicians.

Now finding the right doctor for you or your children may take an extra bit of luck and perseverance. The family doctor I found during my first pregnancy is absolutely wonderful and now sees our whole family. Hopefully we will be set for many years to come.

And to find more health services for kids in Toronto, check out Help! We’ve Got Kids.




  1. Lisa Seward on August 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Great website ! I found you by looking up new family doctors accepting patients ( mine has retired ~ early!)

    I have run a children’s and teen theatre school specializing in building self esteem through comedy since 1987 in Toronto.

    Pls let me know if we am connect

    I’m also a child therapist working with children and their parents with anxiety and behaviour

    Lisa Seward

  2. Lily A Brown-Webster on August 29, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I am looking for Dr. Brandon Malcolm, somewhere in the Toronto, Ontario area, he was my family doctor until 2005.
    Thank you.

  3. Karen A. on January 9, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Thank you so much for the links!

  4. Jam Murphy on September 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    My husband has several heart related problems and we would like to find a family doctor not a walk in clinic in the Etobicoke area. He is 83 years of age..our doctor at present is good but due to being a walk in clinic hefeels that he isn’t getting the proper health care for what is happening with his health right now

  5. Jean Doiron on December 20, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Health care Connect is worse than useless – don’t bother with them – you r tax dollars at work – not!

  6. Carl Maascoll on December 29, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I am looking for a family doctor in toronto central around st michael hospital’


  7. Rahaf on November 15, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    I’m looking for a family doctor in North York,Bayview village area or near to it

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