Family Physicians



For any individual, a family doctor is the first line of health-care defence. In order to have access to prescription medication or a specialist, you first need a referral from your family physician. As a newcomer, there are several ways you can reach out to your community in order to find a family physician that is accepting new patients.

For newcomers with OHIP:

  • Use the resource known as Health Care Connect
  • This program helps you find a new family physician or switch family physicians, and allows you to know which doctors are accepting new patients in your area
  • Joining the Health Care Connect program does NOT guarantee that:
    • a family physician will be found for you; about 80% of Health Care Connect users find matches with physicians and/or nurses in their area (priority goes to those who require more urgent care)
    • a family physician will take you and your whole family as patients
  • NOTE: to use this program OHIP coverage and a valid Ontario health card is required  

For newcomers without OHIP but with IFHP coverage:

  • Without OHIP you can use the Doctor Search resource found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario website
  • This resource allows one to search for available physicians in your area
  • NOTE: Doctor Search will NOT tell you whether or not a physician in your area is accepting new patients; you must contact them individually, in order to find out 
  • The Doctor Search tool is useful for finding physicians that may speak your language and/or specialists you may need
  • http://www.cpso.on.ca/public-register/all-doctors-search 

Other resources:

  • Click here for a complete list of IFHP-approved primary care providers that are registered with Medavie Blue Cross
  • NOTE: Just because a primary care provider is listed in the file above does not necessarily mean they are taking on new patients at the moment
  • The Queen's Family Health Team (QFHT) and Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) both have clinics that can provide care to newcomers, and have family physicians able to take on newcomer clients. For information, use the contact information below: 

Queen’s Family Health Team

Diane Cross – Clinic Manager

Phone: 613-533-9300, Ext. 73983

Kingston Community Health Centres

Paolo Varias – Program Administrator, Primary Health-Care Team

Phone: 613-542-2949, Ext. 1128