Working in rural communities in Canada

Working as a doctor in rural Canada

Sarah Peddie

On our website we have jobs that are available in rural Canada, if you like the idea of moving across the Atlantic to work in the rural areas of the country but need some more information then you have come to the right place. 

In this article, we will be looking at what it is like for a doctor to work in rural Canada, opportunities for medical professionals and the lifestyle people typically lead.

Access to healthcare in rural areas of the country can be a challenge at times which is why Canada needs more physicians to cover the rural communities. Around 20 per cent of the population live in rural communities but just under 10 per cent of physicians serve these areas. 

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Canada has been ranked highly in the world for quality of life and is a popular destination for doctors looking for a new challenge and a better work-life balance.

There are more than plenty of opportunities for medical professionals to find a job in the rural areas of Canada. Doctors are actually encouraged to go and work in rural parts of the country as there is a shortage. 

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The country currently has an ongoing shortage of medical professionals which is likely to continue. Around 4.5 million people across Canada do not have a family doctor and the Canadian health authorities are actively recruiting foreign doctors.

General practitioners or family doctors are the roles most in demand across the country. Other roles that are in demand include psychiatrists, paediatricians, anaesthetists, and emergency medicine specialists.

What it’s like working in rural Canada

Physicians and doctors who work in rural areas of the country find great satisfaction with the experience and diversity of working with a small community. Working in a rural or remote medical practice comes with unique and varying challenges but it is also very rewarding. 

Physicians in rural Canada are supported through professionals networks and relationships with local, regional and provincial health agencies/providers. Technology such as telehealth is continuing to be explored to help connect rural physicians with other colleagues.

You will gain a sense of fulfillment and purpose by being an integral part of the community and gain experiences that you wouldn’t have in urban areas. 


Living and working in rural communities will certainly give you a different outlook on life. If you like a slower pace and nature then rural Canada is the place for you. As an expat, you will feel the warmth and support of other expats and friendly citizens when you are starting a new life in the country.

The smaller communities mean you can develop and maintain relationships with friends, neighbours and professional colleagues. 

In rural areas, you will be in the centre of the great outdoors - you can spend your time off canoeing down rivers, hiking the Canadian Rockies or even camping under the Northern Lights. Nature will be all around you.

If you are interested in working in rural Canada as a medical professional then register at Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you find the perfect job.