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Opportunity ID:
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada

Requisition ID: 138790 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 365,000 

Type of Remuneration: LFM - Longitudinal Family Medicine, and hourly rate as per level 4 emergency department for emergency shifts

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs: Relocation Program; Site Visit Program 

For information and to determine eligibility for Department of Health and Wellness Incentives, please contact

About This Opportunity

The community of Port Hawkesbury is seeking a full scope family physician to join their family practice network team in the Cape Breton South region on beautiful Cape Breton Island!  This opportunity offers you the chance to work with a team of physicians, nurse practitioner, social worker, and dietician in a newly constructed (built in 2020) collaborative practice in the heart of the Town of Port Hawkesbury.  Depending on your interests, there is opportunity to work closely with Strait Richmond Hospital (SRH) by covering emergency room shifts or inpatients through the Community Hospital Inpatient Program (CHIP), which allows for a nice work-life balance. 

This region serves the health care needs of the residents of communities in Richmond County and the southern portion of Inverness County.  Located in Evanston, SRH is approximately 80 kilometers from St. Martha’s Regional Hospital (one of the regional level referral centres for the population). The facility has 15 medicine beds and five restorative care beds that provides inpatient, outpatient, and satellite care. The site also houses a number of other interdisciplinary services including:

  • community based rehabilitation centre
  • diabetes education
  • diagnostic imaging
  • dietitian
  • emergency department
  • foot care clinic
  • hemodialysis
  • laboratory services
  • mental health & addictions services
  • occupational therapy
  • palliative care
  • physiotherapy
  • social work

The facility also has a number of visiting specialists:

  • cardiology
  • nephrology
  • ophthalmology
  • palliative care


  • duties include full scope of practice as a family physician providing care to patients within the eastern zone and participating in call
  • the physician will be responsible to the zone department head of family practice for their professional responsibilities and quality of practice and will operate within the Medical Staff Bylaws of the Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • in addition to office work each week, the successful candidate has the option to provide part-time coverage in the following areas:  community emergency medicine (level 4 ED), inpatient coverage (based on a Community Hospital Inpatient Program arrangement), and nursing home

Expected Hours

  • part-time or full-time hours available
  • flexible scheduling


Community Details

Known as "Cape Breton's front porch," Port Hawkesbury is a close knit and picturesque community located on the north shore of the Strait of Canso on Cape Breton Island. Home to a 10 kilometre all-season trail system called the Port Hawkesbury Trail System, people of all skill level and ability can discover a wide variety of plants and wildlife through majestic hardwood stands, softwood forests, and along gently flowing brooks and streams. In the winter, enjoy the surrounding scenery by cross-country skiing!

Thanks to a bustling culturally diverse community, the town also welcomes festivals and signature cultural events year round. The contributions of its arts and culture organizations and participants contribute immeasurably to our community’s well being. Port Hawkesbury is home to education centres (including a Nova Scotia Community College), a busy civic recreation centre, and an active waterfront area which hosts multiple community events. 

Check out the video below to learn more about what this community offers!

Port Hawkesbury Video

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine.  

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


Next Steps...

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Recruitment Process

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Eastern Zone: Cape Breton Island, Antigonish and Guysborough

Failte (that’s “welcome”, for those not up to speed on their Gaelic)! Nova Scotia’s Guysborough County and Cape Breton Island are the centre of Atlantic Canada’s Gaelic culture. Kitchen parties are a way of life here, and you’re never far from the Highlands that inspired the region’s first immigrants to name the province New Scotland. Here, the view of a lifetime lives around every corner, and the friendliest people live in every community. Hike, cycle, swim, golf – all in an almost unreal beauty.