The number of female doctors in Canada has climbed dramatically over the past nearly 50 years. Women have gone from accounting for just seven per cent of physicians in 1970 to more than 40 per cent today, according to recent numbers released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
How those numbers break down between family medicine and specialists is quite different. Last year more than 45 per cent of physicians in family medicine were women, compared to 36 per cent of specialists.
According to the recent report, when it comes to younger physicians (categorized as those under 40), women make up 54 per cent of all doctors.
At the provincial level, Yukon (49 per cent) and Quebec (48 per cent) have the highest proportion of women doctors, while Prince Edward Island (31 per cent) and Saskatchewan (35 per cent) have the lowest.
Here’s a look at how the numbers break down: