Still a Family Doctor Shortage in Kawartha Lakes!

City of Kawartha Lakes, July 23, 2018:  In 2003, the City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) recognized the need for family doctors in our community.  A volunteer committee was established to address this need. This committee evolved into the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) and is a registered non-profit, charitable organization.

KLHCI has successfully recruited 36 family doctors to CKL since 2004 and is the lead organization for family doctor recruitment and retention in the region.  KLHCI plays an important role for our community. By working hard to attract and retain family physicians, our community will remain healthy and vibrant.

However, the need for family doctors continues, and in 2018 CKL still requires seven more family doctors to meet local demand. This does not include the ‘silver tsunami’ of upcoming retirements so the need remains critical!

KLHCI needs your help!  Although KLHCI appreciates, and could not operate without, the on-going funding that is received from both CKL and the Ross Memorial Hospital, the amount of that funding remains about the same as it was in 2004.  In order to continue the successful recruitment and retention programs KLHCI has established, and to meet our goal and vision that everyone living in CKL has a family doctor, we require additional funding in the way of sponsorships from our local businesses and charitable donations from the citizens we support by recruiting our family doctors. 

KLHCI is directed through the work of a volunteer Board of Directors and one employee.  The Board is also actively engaged in attracting new board members from the community.  Should you wish to support our efforts by becoming a board member, making a charitable donation, or discussing sponsoring our programs, please contact Cindy Snider, Recruitment & Retention Coordinator at 705-328-6098 or, or visit the KLHCI website at