Implementing leading practices in regional-level primary care workforce planning: Lessons learned in Toronto Academic Article uri icon

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  • Investment in capacity for implementation of leading practices in regional-level health workforce planning is essential to support equitable distribution of resources and deployment of a health workforce that can meet local needs. Ontario Health Toronto and the Canadian Health Workforce Network (CHWN) co-developed and operationalized an integrated workforce planning process to support evidence-based primary care workforce decision-making for the Toronto region. The resultant planning toolkit incorporates planning processes centred around engagement with stakeholders, including environmental scanning tools and a quantitative planning model. The outputs of the planning process include estimates of population need and workforce capacity and address challenges specific to Toronto, such as patient mobility, anticipated rapid population growth, and physician retirement. We highlight important challenges and key considerations in the development and operationalization of workforce planning processes, particularly at the regional level.


  • Simkin, Sarah
  • Chamberland-Rowe, Caroline
  • Damba, Cynthia
  • Sava, Nathalie
  • Lim, Ting
  • Bourgeault, Ivy

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  • January 2023