About Us

About Doctors Nova Scotia

Doctors Nova Scotia is the oldest medical association in Canada. Its membership represents over 3,500 physicians, including practising and retired physicians, medical students and residents. Doctors Nova Scotia is a division of the Canadian Medical Association.

What we do

On behalf of the province’s doctors, the association is committed to working with all partners in health-care delivery to ensure Nova Scotia is positioned to recruit and retain talented and skilled doctors, introduce new and innovative ways to deliver health care, and to continuously look for ways to improve patient care and access.

To serve its members, Doctors Nova Scotia:
  • Negotiates physician remuneration with government
  • Offers programs and services to support physicians throughout their career
  • Influences and supports the development of health-care policies
  • Offers a comprehensive package of member benefits and services
  • Acts as the medical profession’s united voice on health-care issues that affect physicians and their patients to the public, health-care stakeholders and government

Strategic direction

Doctors Nova Scotia is governed by its Board of Directors, a group of physicians that provides the association with its overall strategic direction.


Helping physicians to thrive and have a positive impact on their patients’ lives, at an individual and system level.

No disciplinary powers

Doctors Nova Scotia doesn’t have disciplinary powers over doctors. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia is the professional body responsible for licensing doctors and regulating the province’s medical profession.

A common misunderstanding is that Doctors Nova Scotia can help patients find a family doctor

It is not the mandate of Doctors Nova Scotia to connect patients with family doctors. This is the role of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Individuals and families without a family doctor are encouraged to contact the Department of Health and Wellness for assistance in finding a family doctor who is accepting new patients.