Cowichan Valley Division of Family Practice

Recruitment & Retention

Late in 2012, in response to a specific need in the Lake Cowichan community, the Physician Recruitment & Retention Committee was formed.  CVDFP worked closely with Island Health and the Choose Lake Cowichan committee for more than a year to address the GP shortage in that community.  

With that gap successfully filled, recruitment efforts have shifted focus to a more regional approach--providing support to those GPs planning to leave practice in the near future, and in participating in Island-wide collaborative efforts.  CVDFP has initiated discussions with Economic Development Cowichan to look at collaborative opportunities for engaging potential new GPs and for promoting the Cowichan region.  CVDFP is also taking steps to connect and engage with Residents training in the region. 

With several new GPs recently joining the community, the recruitment program is expected to be one of the most successful patient attachment mechanisms.

Locum Program

​One of the earliest CVDFP initiatives, the Locum Coordinator Program was developed in direct response to a lack of locum physicians in the region.  The Locum Coordinator serves as a central resource for both member GPs and locum physicians, providing essentially a matching service for practices in need of coverage.    

The locum program has also contributed to patient attachment when a visiting locum chose to stay in Cowichan and open a new family practice.  

Interested in learning more about recruitment and locuming in Cowichan?  Read more about our Locum Program and check out current practice opportunities here.

Looking for, or interested in providing locum coverage?  Contact Locum Coordinator Carla Bortoletto at