Health Workforce Planning Branch

Health Professions Database

Ontario's health care system relies on a range of health professionals, each with unique expertise, to meet the health care needs of Ontarians. The Health Professions Database provides a snapshot of Ontario's regulated healthcare workforce to inform health human resources planning.

Database Development

Over the summer of 2008, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (ministry) and health regulatory colleges worked together to develop a minimum data set for the Health Professions Database. The database provides standardized, consistent and comparable demographic, geographic, educational and employment information on all regulated allied health professionals in Ontario.

Health regulatory colleges collect this additional information from their members on an annual basis through their registration and renewal forms. The process is supported by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 that requires the regulatory colleges to collect information from their members and provide it to the ministry for health human resources planning.

What Information Is the Health Professions Database Collecting?

The Health Professions Database Minimum Data Set (MDS) outlines important pieces of information collected by the Health Professions Database which are used for evidence-informed health human resources planning in Ontario. It is a comprehensive list that was developed in collaboration with regulated health professions in Ontario.

Public Notice of Data Collection

Collection of data for the Health Professions Database

Health regulatory colleges will collect information about their members, including basic demographic, geographic, education and employment information, and provide this information to the ministry in anonymous form, for health human resources planning.

Authority for the collection of data for the Health Professions Database

Under section 36.1 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), the ministry can request that regulatory colleges collect information, including personal information, from their members, and that this information be provided to the ministry. 

The RHPA provisions authorize the ministry to collect this information from the colleges, and use and disclose it only for the purpose of health human resources planning that is ensuring the sufficiency and appropriate distribution of health care providers.

For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at :
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In Toronto, 416-314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm


Health Workforce Planning Branch
56 Wellesley Street West,
12th Floor
Toronto ON M5S 2S3

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