Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is LocumsOntario different from other Locums sites I've used?
  2. How does LocumsOntario work?
  3. Why can I advertise my Locum with LocumsOntario for free?
  4. Why would I want to Promote my ad?
  5. How else can I get my ad noticed?
  6. What is the Match?
  7. When will my Ad expire?
  8. Will I receive reminders to renew my ad before it expires?
  9. Hooray, I've found a Locum Physician. Now what?
  10. My community has a Rurality Index (RIO) of ≥ 60. How can I apply for the underserviced area stipends?
  11. I am a Locum Physician. How does LocumsOntario protect my privacy?
  12. Only part of my Locum has been filled with a Locum Physician. How do I get a Locum Physician for the remainder of the Locum period?
  13. I am interested in doing Locums in a particular region of Ontario. How do I search for Locum placements in more-than-one community?
  14. I don't do Obstetrics. Will this stop me from doing a Rural Locum in Family Medicine?
  15. Why should I use LocumsOntario when HealthForceOntario will help me get a Locum?
  16. I don't have a CPSO license, but I'm interested in doing a Locum in Ontario. How can I register with LocumsOntario?
  17. Why do I need a Locum Contract? I've never used one before.
  18. I own a Walk-in Clinic and wish to recruit doctors for shifts. Can I use LocumsOntario for this?
  19. As a Locum Physician, why should I create a Locum Preference? 
  20. If I'm sneaky and first register as a Locum Physician and quickly switch to a Doctor with a practice, will I still earn the $20?    
  21. I work as a Clinic Manager or Physician Recruiter.  How can I get LocumsOntario to work best for me and my physicians?

1. How is LocumsOntario different from other Locums sites I've used?

LocumsOntario is a dynamic website that utilizes a combination of graphics- and text-based elements to best help Ontario doctors and Locum Physicians find each other. Each Locum ad is searchable and automatically placed on a map of Ontario. This map is divided into LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) and is the most advanced and accurate representation of LHIN data currently available in the province. In contrast, other Locum placements sites are static pages of advertisements that are rarely updated.

2. How does LocumsOntario work?

By registering to LocumsOntario, physicians may identify themselves as either Locum Physicians or as doctors in need of a Locum. Doctors describe their practice and create a free Locum advertisement that is posted to the site and displayed on a map of Ontario. Locum Physicians enter their preferences for kind, location, remuneration and dates of availability. Registered Locum Physicians may search the site for ads that match their interests. Doctors may choose to match to Locum Physicians and forgo waiting for a Locum Physician to contact them.

3. Why can I advertise my Locum with LocumsOntario for free?

It's just nice to not have to pay for everything all the time.

4. Why would I want to Promote my ad?

Promoting your ad is a good way to ensure that it is found. Locum Physicians are more likely to find a promoted ad than a non-promoted ad. Choose "Top of Page" to get your ad to the first page of the list of locum ads. Choose "Urgent" to get your ad listed first in all searches, even when it doesn't match. Make your ad Urgent when you need it filled right away or when you wish to have it noticed. A free ad is white, a top ad is coloured green and an urgent ad is coloured red with a red sash across its icon for better visibility.  The easier it is to notice your ad, the more likely a browsing Locum Physician is going to find it. 

5. How else can I get my ad noticed?

Be creative!   For your title, don't just write "Family Doctor needs Locum"... try "Friendly and Fabulous!" In the description of your clinic, include the particulars about how many doctors work there, the staff and how large your practice is... but also include descriptors that depict the ambiance of the office, the attitude of the staff and the friendliness of the patients. Add a line about your community and fun things to do there. Everyone has a busy practice. Make your ad stand out.

6. What is the Match?

The LocumsOntario match option is the best part of this site. Using descriptors entered by the doctor, LocumsOntario will compare the preferences listed by all registered Locum Physicians and rate their match suitability. Matches are rated as fair, good or excellent. The closer the match, the better the rating. As soon as a doctor advertises, the match process begins and they can choose to contact eligible Locum Physicians directly.

7. When will my Ad expire?

In order to ensure that ads remain current, all ads will expire four weeks after posting, at the end date you have specified for the ad, or when the position is filled, whichever comes first.  However, you will be prompted to continue the advertisement, if you wish.

8. Will I receive reminders to renew my ad before it expires?

You will receive reminders to renew your ad both seven days and one day prior to your ad's expiration date. The reminders will also give you the option of promoting your ad or entering the match.

9. Hooray, I've found a Locum Physician. Now what?

Congratulations! Finding a Locum is the hard part. The rest is easy. You will be provided with the Locum Physician's direct contact information so you can deal with the specific details of the locum period. If you are in a rural community, both you and the Locum Physician will contact HealthForceOntario to arrange stipends. LocumsOntario also recommends signing a Locum Contract to solidify the particulars in writing.  Two sample Locum Contracts are provided on the site.

10. My community has a Rurality Index (RIO) of ≥ 60. How can I apply for the underserviced area stipends?

HealthForceOntario administers all stipends and is the proper agency to contact. You can confirm your community's Rurality Index for Ontario score here

11. I am a Locum Physician. How does LocumsOntario protect my privacy? 

Data on the LocumsOntario website is encrypted and password secured. Physician data is never shared with third parties, ever! Locum Physician contact information is never published and doctors must use LocumsOntario to contact matches on their behalf.

12. Only part of my Locum has been filled with a Locum Physician. How do I get a Locum Physician for the remainder of the Locum period?

When you advertise a locum and you secure a Locum Physician for only part, you will have the option to modify your ad to fill the remaining period.

13. I am interested in doing Locums in a particular region of Ontario. How do I search for Locum placements in more-than-one community?

With LocumsOntario you have the option of selecting a community, a LHIN or a sub-LHIN as your preferred locum placement. If you are only interested in two communities or neighbouring sub-LHINs, create a search for each. More options will be available in future versions of the site.

14. I don't do Obstetrics. Will this stop me from doing a Rural Locum in Family Medicine?

Not all rural primary care locums require obstetrics. If you are a Family Physician with no interest in deliveries, simply select the proper field in your in your profile and leave the Obstetrics check box blank in your Locum Preference. Most doctors will make other arrangements and will be happy to have you as a Locum Physician caring for their practice.

15. Why should I use LocumsOntario when HealthForceOntario will help me get a Locum?

HealthForceOntario does a great job getting physicians, nurses and allied health professionals to underserviced communities in Ontario. It has a broad portfolio of which Locum Placement is only a small part. It's Locum advertisements are static and bland. On the other hand, LocumsOntario has only one goal – to get Locum Physicians together with doctors in need. LocumsOntario is for use by all physicians in Ontario, not just those in underserviced communities.

16. I don't have a CPSO license, but I'm interested in doing a Locum in Ontario. How can I register with LocumsOntario?

You cannot complete your registration with LocumsOntario without a license granted by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. This is one of the site's best security features. CPSO licenses are confirmed manually with the CPSO website. You will not have full access to LocumsOntario until your license has been validated.

17. Why do I need a Locum Contract? I've never used one before.

A Locum Contract is a simple document that prevents needless miscommunication. When an agreement is reached between doctor and Locum Physician, it is a legally-binding contract. Having a written version of this contract just makes good sense. LocumsOntario provides a sample contract that can be modified to fit the terms agreed upon by each party.

18. I own a Walk-in Clinic and wish to recruit doctors for shifts. Can I use LocumsOntario for this?

No. LocumsOntario is designed with one purpose only, to find Locum Physicians for absent doctors. Using this site for any other purpose would be a violation of the terms of use. LocumsOntario is also not intended for filling Emergency Department shifts nor recruiting physicians as associates in a practice.

19. As a Locum Physician, why should I create a Locum Preference?

Locum Preferences are like mini search parameters. By creating and maintaining multiple preferences, you can quickly filter the pages of Locum Ads to find the best match for you based on the parameters you have chosen. Fore example: You may create preferences for work in different areas of the province or times of the year... saving each one. This way, organizing your life and work experience is a breeze.  

20.  If I'm sneaky and first register as a Locum Physician and quickly switch to a Doctor with a practice, will I still earn the $20?


No.

(Note:  I was going to answer this FAQ with a facetious response like "Oh crap!  You found my weakness." or "OMG, what was I thinking?" but, I decided against it.  Just register correctly the first time.  it will save you the step of later requesting to change your status.)

21.  I work as a Clinic Manager or Physician Recruiter.  How can I get LocumsOntario to work best for me and my physicians?

Remember, LocumsOntario is designed for Physicians to independently find Locums and for Locum Physicians to find the perfect Locum Period. This site is NOT designed to RECRUIT physicians to your clinic or community.

Speak with your clinic or community's doctors. They will likely feel comfortable using the site to find a Locum Physician on their own. However, if they would rather use your services, get their permission to create a series of accounts and advertisements on their behalf.  Just fill in YOUR own contact information.