Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants (PAs) support physicians in a range of health care settings and work alongside physicians, nurses and other members of interprofessional health care teams to provide patient care.

PAs were introduced to Ontario’s health care system in 2007 through a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association. Since 2007, PAs have been integrated into a number of clinical settings and two university-based PA Education Programs have been established in Ontario.

There are now over 200 PAs working as part of interdisciplinary care teams in over 100 sites across the province. These PAs are helping to decrease wait times, and improve patient access in high need areas including emergency medicine and primary care.

Explore available job opportunities across Ontario.


Physician Assistant Career Start Program
Employment support grants for approved employers who are able to recruit and hire one of the current year’s Ontario PA Program graduates.

Canadian Association of Physician Assistants

Canadian Physician Assistant Education Association

McMaster University's Physician Assistant Education Program

University of Toronto's Physician Assistant Professional Degree Program

Physician Assistant Toolkit - A Resource for Canadian Physicians - PDF

Canadian Association of Physician Assistants: CanMEDS-PA

Information for Physicians Supervising PAs - PDF

Understanding Liability related to the employment of Physician Assistants - PDF

CPSO Policy on Delegation of Controlled Acts

Resources re: Delegation and Medical Directives 

Report: Value of Physician Assistants: Understanding the Role of Physician Assistants Within Health Systems

Report: Gaining Efficiency: Increasing the Use of Physician Assistants in CanadaHealth Care System in Ontario

Funding Models for Physician Assistants: Canadian and International Experiences