OPHRDC was founded in 1992 by four partners: The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, The Ontario Medical Association, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and The Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine. McMaster University (Faculty of Health Sciences) hosts OPHRDC and is responsible for the negotiation and administration of transfer payment agreements with The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and data sharing agreements with OPHRDC partners.


OPHRDC collects, integrates and validates data on all Ontario physicians and medical trainees to impartially support its partners’ roles in physician human resource planning.


• System Vision – understanding the dynamics of medical practice and anticipating factors that will influence the composition of the physician workforce in the future
• Respect – for physicians and the organisations that provide us with data
• Integrity – passionate about accuracy, the protection of personal information, and continual evaluation to increase the value of our information
• Collaboration – maintaining a working environment that fosters creativity, mutual respect and commitment to a common purpose for OPHRDC employees and partners
• Quality – maintaining the most accurate and reliable source of physician and medical trainee information for health human resource planning in Ontario


Ontario’s Physician Data Authority – Enabling Better Decisions


OPHRDC is the gold standard in Ontario for the collection and validation of physician and medical trainee data. We recognise the growing interdependence of Ontario’s health professions and seek to quantify and communicate its effect on physician human resource planning within the province.


1. To improve the value, accessibility and relevance of the information provided to our stakeholders.
2. To improve the deployment of our staff resources by aligning data management practices and optimising cross-training.
3. To increase the utility and efficiency of our data systems and reporting protocols through continuous refinement.
4. To promote broad awareness within the health sector of OPHRDC, its role, and the expertise it can provide, by developing a communication plan.
5. To ensure that new medical practice and training initiatives are captured in our reporting by communicating effectively with our partner organisations.
6. To access data to improve information quality for physician human resource planning, through agreements with complementary health human resource organisations and research groups.