HealthForceOntario (HFO) is Ontario's strategy designed to make the province the "employer of choice" in health care and to ensure that Ontarians have access to the right number and mix of qualified health care providers, when and where they are needed, now and in the future. HFO's provincial strategy includes HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency (HFO MRA).
Northern Specialist Locum Programs
Administered through HFO MRA since October 2008, the Northern Specialist Locum Programs (NSLP) consists of two programs: the Urgent Locum Tenens Program and the Respite Locum Tenens Program. NSLP provides locum coverage to under-serviced northern Ontario communities in order to temporarily fill vacancies while communities recruit, and to provide respite for specialists.
Psychiatry was one of the most active NSLP specialties in 2012–2013, with more than 1,100 approved days of locum coverage. NSLP works with OPOP to support many of these psychiatric services, as OPOP consultants are eligible to receive expense reimbursement and applicable work fees through NSLP for approved locum assignments. NSLP also approves and reimburses travel expenses for psychiatric residents to accompany OPOP psychiatrists providing NSLP locum coverage.
HFO MRA regional advisors provide on-the-ground physician recruitment support to community recruiters, health care organizations and health care providers across Ontario.
Practice Ontario is a free career-planning service provided by regional advisors for postgraduate medical residents. Regional advisors meet with residents to provide them with information on practice opportunities in Ontario and transitioning to practice.
Regional advisors also offer support to Local Health Integration Networks and a number of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care programs, such as Health Care Connect.