Indicator Metadata

NameHealth Care Provider Supply by Employment Status and Type of Provider, per 100,000 Population
Short/Other Names

Health Care Provider Density by Employment Status and Province/Territory

DescriptionRegistered health care providers by employment status, per 100,000 population, by type of professional and province/territory
InterpretationMeasures the potential pool of health care providers; interpretations should be evaluated alongside other relevant data (e.g., population need, models of care, mix of health care providers).
HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Efficient allocation of resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory, Region

Indicator Results

https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-workforce

Identifying Information
NameHealth Care Provider Supply by Employment Status and Type of Provider, per 100,000 Population
Short/Other Names

Health Care Provider Density by Employment Status and Province/Territory

Indicator Description and Calculation
DescriptionRegistered health care providers by employment status, per 100,000 population, by type of professional and province/territory
Calculation: Description

Calculated by dividing the number of registered health care providers in each employment status and province/territory by population estimates and multiplying by 100,000

(Number of registered health care providers by employment status in a province/territory ÷ Population estimate) × 100,000

Unit of Analysis: Service provider per 100,000 population

Calculation: Geographic Assignment

Place of service

Calculation: Type of Measurement

Rate - Rate per 100,000

Calculation: Adjustment Applied

None

Calculation: Method of Adjustment

Not applicable

Denominator

Description:
Total population of a Canadian province or territory
Inclusions:

  • Provincial and territorial population estimate from Statistics Canada
Numerator

Description:
Number of health care providers, by employment status, in a province/territory
Inclusions:

  • All registered health care providers
    Exclusions:
  • Health care providers who did not register in a Canadian province or territory

Additional exclusion criteria vary by type of professional.

Background, Interpretation and Benchmarks
Rationale

Based on World Health Organization (WHO) National Health Workforce Accounts indicator 1-04: Density of Active Health Workers per 1,000 Population, by Cadre, by Activity Level (Practising, Professionally Active, Licensed to Practice), this indicator provides health worker density and distribution information to support the assessment of health services available for the population in certain geographic districts and to facilitate health human resources planning.

Interpretation

Measures the potential pool of health care providers; interpretations should be evaluated alongside other relevant data (e.g., population need, models of care, mix of health care providers).

HSP Framework Dimension

Health System Inputs and Characteristics: Efficient allocation of resources

Areas of Need

Not applicable

Targets/Benchmarks

WHO: Health worker density and distribution by cadre and activity level

References

World Health Organization. National Health Workforce Accounts: A Handbook. 2016.

World Health Organization. Global Strategy on Health Resources for Health: Workforce 2030. 2016.

Availability of Data Sources and Results
Data Sources

HWDB, SMDB

Available Data Years

Type of Year:

First Available Year:

Last Available Year:
Ongoing

Geographic Coverage

All provinces/territories

Reporting Level/Disaggregation

National, Province/Territory, Region

Result Updates
Update Frequency

Varies by type of professional

Indicator Results

Web Tool:
Health workforce data tables
URL: https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-workforce

Updates

Not applicable

Quality Statement
Caveats and Limitations

CIHI uses the unit of analysis “per 100,000 population,” which is different from the WHO’s “density per 1,000 population.” Caution should be used when comparing results across countries.

Statistics reported may differ from those reported by other organizations due to differences in data collection and reporting methodologies.

Issues of under- and/or over-coverage may vary by type of professional.

Trending Issues

Population estimates may change over time.

Vary by type of professional

Comments

Please note that the available data years, geographic coverage, reporting level/disaggregation and update frequency vary by type of professional.