From left: Katherine Harvey, Rock Whissel, Roxanne Daoust, Michelle Stevens, David Vallier, Kraymr Grenke, Kate Fyfe, Melanie Ciccone, Corey Krupa, Madison Mizzau

Media Release
For immediate release
June 6, 2024

TIMMINS, ON — Physicians new to Timmins may be eligible to receive an interest-free loan of up to $150k to start their practice.

The Timmins Physician Loan Initiative is a program facilitated by the Timmins and District Hospital and the Venture Centre, and will provide up to ten (10) repayable loans per year to physicians who relocate to Timmins to practice. The program is one of the initiatives in place to resolve the shortage of approximately 40-45 primary care and specialist physicians in Timmins.

“Physician recruitment is a community effort, with all of us playing an important part in making our community more welcoming to prospective physicians,” shares Kate Fyfe, President and CEO of the Timmins and District Hospital. “We continue to hear that physicians are challenged with the overhead costs of establishing a new practice. This important partnership lets us better support new physician needs and remain competitive in our collective recruitment efforts. We’re grateful for the partnership with the Venture Centre as our community continues to work together to recruit new physicians to Timmins.”

David Vallier, Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Venture Centre, added, “The Venture Centre is deeply committed to fostering economic development and enhancing community well-being. By supporting the recruitment of physicians, we are not only addressing a critical healthcare need but also ensuring that Timmins remains a vibrant and thriving community. The partnership with Timmins and District Hospital is a perfect fit for our goals as a Community Development Corporation and received strong encouragement and support from our funder, FedNor. This project underscores our dedication to working with community stakeholders in creating a healthier, more prosperous future for all residents.”

This project is a result of the collaboration of the Timmins Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee (TPRRC). The TPRRC is a community-focused committee, working to develop strategies to attract and recruit new physicians to Timmins, and ensure recruited physicians are established and retained. This committee includes representation from our physicians, community health, hospital, industry, economic development and community.

The TPRRC’s recruitment and retention work depends on community partnerships, like the one announced today. If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming involved in our community’s recruitment and retention efforts, please contact Madison Mizzau, Community Development Consultant, at Physicians looking for more information on the Timmins Physician Loan Initiative should contact Corey Krupa, Physician Recruiter at


For more information, contact Kelsey Luxton at or (705) 260-2600 x 7083.

About the TEDC

The TEDC is the city’s non-profit community economic development team. We facilitate and support economic and social activity that creates jobs, diversifies the economy and improves quality of life.

Land Acknowledgement

The TEDC acknowledges that we are located on the traditional Lands of Mattagami First Nation, Flying Post First Nation, and Matachewan First Nation, home to many Ojibway, Cree, Oji-Cree, Algonquin and Métis people. We also acknowledge that we are situated in Treaty 9 territory (also known as the James Bay Treaty), which is steeped in the rich Indigenous history of many First Nations, Metis and Inuit People.