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 PAs working as part of interdisciplinary care teams across the province, 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
Nationally incorporated bilingual professional association that advocates on behalf of its members at the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors which represents Physician Assistants (PA), PA students, and other members across Canada and internationally.

Education Programs:

Understanding the PA Role: