Physician Recruitment

Physician Recruitment Incentive Program 

St. Catharines has many placements in family health groups and family health networks. There are also many opportunities for private practice.

The City of St. Catharines offers a relocation package to offset some of your relocation costs. A $5,000-grant from the City is available. We can also help you find suitable temporary rental accommodation until you settle into St. Catharines. Please be advised that out of respect and goodwill to our neighbouring communities in Niagara, a physician relocating from within Niagara is ineligible for these incentives.

Living in St. Catharines

Cost of Living

What's the prescription for rising costs of living? A move to St. Catharines, of course. Offering the third lowest cost of living in Ontario, St. Catharines residents save on costs from property taxes to recreation, which translates into a higher quality of life and a happier, healthier wallet. No other city in the Golden Horseshoe can boast homes with such affordable prices and diverse neighbourhoods. 


There is a wide range of housing available. Elegant Victorian homes line leafy neighbourhoods. Charming heritage districts are settled near urban amenities. Executive homes are nestled along the shoreline of Lake Ontario.  Homes in St. Catharines are priced well below the averages of most cities in southern Ontario. 

Homeowners' expenses are much lower in St. Catharines, resulting in more buying power for the consumer. Hydro, sewer and water bills are up to 22 per cent less than Toronto. Lower housing prices for equivalent size homes in metro areas plus savings on property taxes are other valuable ingredients for making the move to St. Catharines. 


St. Catharines is Niagara's business centre. Strong financial institutions reflect the city's growing prosperity and contribute to the economic well-being of both the residents and businesses. St. Catharines is the remedy for rising economic costs, allowing its residents to prosper financially.

Recreation and Culture

To live in St. Catharines is to play in St. Catharines. Alive with a rich culture of performing arts as well as an array of outdoor activities, our city offers a vibrant future for young and old alike. 

The summer is filled with outdoor concerts and festivals in downtown Montebello Park and along the lake at Lakeside Park. Local wineries hold art exhibitions, tours and offer some of the finest dining in Ontario. Theatre is alive in St. Catharines at the Brock Centre for the Arts. The Port Mansion Theatre Restaurant offers a popular dinner theatre overlooking the Old Port Dalhousie Harbour. 

An outdoor enthusiast's dream, our city offers more than 1,000 acres of public parks, gardens and trails. Hike or walk through more than 90 kilometres of pathways that criss-cross the Garden City and link to the Bruce Trail and Short Hills Provincial Park. Sandy beaches and picturesque lakefront provide plenty of fun for the whole family. Golfers rejoice! Forty public courses are within a 30-minute drive of the city. Our milder weather  means more days to get out on the greens.

Schools and Education

From post-secondary institutions, such as Brock University and Niagara College, to local school boards, education in St. Catharines is among the best in Ontario. 

Independent school offerings include Ridley College, one of Canada's most esteemed and oldest private schools, as well as Montessori schools, such as Wheatley and Grey Gables. 

In addition, religious educational institutions, such as Eden High School and a well-established Catholic school board are all options for residents of St. Catharines. French immersion is offered at four elementary schools and two secondary schools. 

For post-secondary, Brock University offers strong undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degree programs to a student population of more than 17,000.  Brock is dedicated to the highest standards of research and teaching excellence. To better serve the people of Niagara, the university recently invested $100 million in new facilities.

Niagara College leads the way in hospitality and tourism education and is home to the Niagara Culinary Institute. With three campuses throughout Niagara, the college's 60 post-secondary and 10 post-graduate programs serve more than 9,000 students annually.


What's the pulse of St. Catharines? How about the spectacular vineyards, stunning natural beauty and leafy, tree-lined streets. From boating to hiking, our city is built around nature's bounty. All four seasons boast a multitude of outdoor offerings while a drive through our lush neighbourhoods prove that this is indeed the Garden City.

Nestled below the Niagara Escarpment, a World Biosphere Reserve, St. Catharines is in the heart of wine country and boasts award-winning wineries. Just minutes away, you can savour the flavours of the many orchards, fruit and hobby farms. Our rich soil and sheltered environment allows our farmers to produce healthy and tasty fruits and vegetables that really are just-picked! 

Experience the unmatched natural beauty of the Niagara Parks Recreational Trail along the nearby Niagara River. Sail your boat along the coast of Lake Ontario and stop for lunch at one of our marina restaurants. Enjoy a quiet day of fishing in Niagara's many rivers and lakes. Whether you are looking to rev up your heart rate cycling through wine country or just want to relax with a stroll through a scenic park, St. Catharines is the place for unmatched beauty.

Hospitals and Facilities

The Niagara Health System is one of the largest healthcare providers in Ontario. 

Residents of St. Catharines are fortunate to have one community hospital, a rehabilitation centre, an urgent care centre, and numerous walk-in clinics to meet patients' needs, encompassing acute care, day surgery, rehabilitation, special care, support care and a variety of alternative health services.  A new, state-of-the-art hospital and cancer treatment centre was completed in 2012.

The development of health care in St. Catharines is supported by the recent growth in the number of medical research and biotechnology companies in the city.  We offer state-of-the-art medical equipment and innovative treatment services to our residents. The Niagara Health System offers its physicians resources that are commensurate with its status as a regional health care provider.  The St. Catharines General Hospital is the only facility in the region to provide its physicians with comprehensive specialty and sub-specialty backup and is able to assist physicians with relocation issues.

View the St. Catharines Community Profile to learn more about what the Garden City has to offer.

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