About Barrie Area Physician Recruitment

The purpose of the Barrie Area Physician Recruitment Task Force is to bring physicians, healthcare leaders, community leaders and municipal leaders together to develop and implement strategies to train, recruit, and retain physicians for:

  • The City of Barrie
  • The Town of Innisfil
  • The Township of Oro-Medonte
  • The Township of Springwater
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre


Barrie is Ontario’s Premier Waterfront Community where living really is better!  Centrally located, Barrie places you less than an hour’s drive to the cottages of Muskoka to the north and the City of Toronto to the south.

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Only 45-minutes north of Toronto, the Town of Innisfil is a growing lake-side community that is highly prized for its rural setting while being located close to major urban centres.

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A community of over 20,000 full-time residents, the Township of Oro-Medonte is a rural jewel immersed with rich history and countless recreational opportunities. Nestled between the cities of Barrie and Orillia, Oro-Medonte is less than one hour north of Toronto.

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Springwater is a municipality of more than 18,000 residents located in the heart of Simcoe County, in the middle of one of the busiest four season recreation areas, with easy access to Highways 400, 26 and 93.

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The objectives of the Task Force are to develop and implement strategies to recruit family physicians for permanent practice and locum tenens opportunities in the communities served, ultimately having an adequate supply of physicians for all residents in the communities. As well as to develop and implement strategies to recruit specialists for permanent practice opportunities in the communities served within the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s catchment area.

In addition The Task Force is focused on the retention of current Family Physicians and Specialists in the Barrie area, as well as supporting the Barrie Community Family Health Team and other community based efforts designed to attract physicians