Primary Care Interventions in Poverty

CFPC Best Advice Guide on Social Determinants of Health

Best Advice Guide on Social Determinants of Health

The College of Family Physicians of Canada has published a guide about the role family doctors can play in improving patients’ social determinants of health, which are the social and economic conditions into which a person is born, lives or works that can influence their overall health.

The Best Advice Guide: Social Determinants of Health provides practical advice about how doctors can treat patients’ immediate needs, while also addressing the underlying social conditions that lead to poor health.

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 OCFP Poverty Committee  
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Poster for Ontario tax credits and benefits for people with low income

Ontario Tax Credits and Benefits for Patients with Low Income

Tax season is upon us and the Government of Ontario has a number of tax credits and benefits that patients with low income may be eligible to receive. Downloadable patient information has been made available below. 

Download the brochure in English or French
Download the poster in English or French

For more information​ on these and other tax credits, visit the Ministry of Finance website.

Psssst! Have you heard about 211?

This service helps seniors, low income families, newcomers and all Ontarians with questions about health, resources income support and more. Can you help your patients put it to work for them? Find out more.

Treating Poverty: A Workshop for Family Physicians 

This workshop is offered by the OCFP in collaboration with the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital, Inner City Health Associates and Health Providers Against Poverty.

Poverty represents a significant and reversible risk factor for poor health. This half-day workshop is offered to family physicians practicing in Ontario, with the goal of learning a simple three-step approach to intervening in patients’ poverty through the development of relevant clinical skills, and a deeper understanding of the federal and provincial income security systems and related resources.

To request a workshop or find out about already scheduled programs, please contact the OCFP's CME department by email at or visit our CME Calendar or the event listing on this page to see if a workshop is open for registration.

If You Want to Help Me, Prescribe Me Money

In this TEDx talk, Toronto family physician Dr. Gary Bloch, draws on his practice experience to suggest how family doctors can "prescribe income" and other ideas to help make poverty treatable. 
Note: This talk was organized by TEDxStouffville.

Poverty Intervention Resources

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About the OCFP's Poverty and Health Committee

Find out about the work of this OCFP committee here.