In Thunder Bay, both major healthcare organizations, St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), and are actively recruiting psychiatry professionals for general adult psychiatry as well as in the areas of child and adolescent, outpatient and addictions, developmental disability, and assertive community treatment. There are also opportunities for private practice.

Psychiatrists earn some of the highest salaries in Thunder Bay. They enjoy a low cost of living as well as short commutes and all the stress-free convenience that come with a relaxed lifestyle. Learn more about livingworkingacademic opportunities, and having fun in our community by exploring


Psychiatrists in Ontario must be certified with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO).

The Canadian Psychiatric Association is the national voluntary professional association for psychiatrists in Canada.

If you are a foreign-trained psychiatrist (international medical graduate), find out how to become a licensed physician in Ontario.

Practice Opportunities

Our hospitals are at the centre of Northwestern Ontario’s healthcare system. They are leading-edge, with the patients at the core of everything they do, and they are some of Thunder Bay’s best places to work.

St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) offers a broad range of programs and services in addictions and mental health, rehabilitative care & chronic disease management, and seniors’ health in Thunder Bay.  It is the single largest provider of mental health and addictions services in Northwestern Ontario, with programs in Concurrent Disorders Rehabilitation, Mental Health & Addiction Outpatient services and Outreach, Mental Health Housing & Employment, Chronic Pain Management and other outpatient services, and Mental Health Rehabilitation.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) is a world-class academic health sciences centre, a recognized leader in patient and family-centred care and one of the top research hospitals in Canada. Its mental health program includes adult mental health, and forensic mental health. It also has a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit for youth.

SJCG and TBRHSC are both seeking psychiatrists for the delivery of their mental health services and programs. Full time, part time, and locum opportunities are available. View all available positions on SJCG’s career portal and TBRHSC’s medical recruitment page.

There are also opportunities for private practice in Thunder Bay outside of hospitals. Contact us today to discuss the viability of your independent practice in Thunder Bay.

Are you interested in a position with one of our hospitals, or do you want to learn more about starting or expanding your independent practice in Thunder Bay? You may be eligible for a Ministry-funded site visit. If you’d like to explore practice opportunities for psychiatry in Thunder Bay, contact us to arrange a site visit.

Additional Links for Practice Opportunities


Psychiatrists looking for locum opportunities with either hospital are encouraged to contact Medical Affairs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Care Group’s Human Resources department. Many locum opportunities are also posted on HFOJobs.


Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative (NRRRI)
Grant of $80,000 distributed over four years to family physicians and specialists starting a full-time practice in Thunder Bay. Physicians must apply and be approved for the program prior to their start date. Visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website to learn more and apply.


Northern Physician Retention Initiative (NPRI)
Grant of $7,000 annually for family physicians and specialists after minimum four years of service in Thunder Bay. Visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website to learn more and apply.


Physician Peer to Peer Recruitment Grant

Grant of $1,000 for local physicians in exchange for peer-to-peer recruitment. Learn more and apply.


Community Assessment Visit Program
Reimbursement of travel expenses for a site visit to Thunder Bay. Contact Thunder Bay’s physician recruiter to learn more.

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