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The academic hub for Grimsby is the Niagara Regional Campus in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The Grimsby rural site is situated in the midst of Niagara’s wine country, on the shores of Lake Ontario. The West Lincoln Memorial Hospital is the ‘home hospital’ for this community. Obstetrics is done longitudinally with Family Medicine, with call shifts taking place locally in Grimsby and in the larger centre of St. Catharines. Other specialty rotations are done either in Hamilton (30-40 minutes away) or St. Catharines (20 minutes away).

There are several diverse family practices in Grimsby as well as the surrounding communities of Smithville and Beamsville. All local physicians see their own inpatients, do prenatal care, do house calls and care for palliative patients at home or in hospice. The West Lincoln Memorial Hospital is largely community run with family physicians covering the ER, providing obstetrical services and GP anesthesia will collegial support from 4 internists, 3 OBGYN and 1 general surgeon.

Community website: Town of Grimsby & Township of West Lincoln

Hospital website: West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

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General Information

Key Stats
  • Preceptors: 39
  • CMG CaRMS Positions: 2
  • 60 bed hospital (including 4 bed ICU) with catchment area of 50,000
  • 800+ births per year and 25,000 ER visits per year
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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for McMaster University - Family Medicine - Rural Grimsby.
Effective October 4th, 2023 
Professional Leave
7 working days/year
Additional time off provided for writing any CND or US certification exam, leave includes the exam date and reasonable travel time to and from the exam site. Additional RCPSC & CFPC Certification Examination
Prep Time
  1. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident will not be scheduled for call duties for a period up to fourteen days prior to a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
  2. Subject to operational requirements and at the request of a resident, a resident *will be granted up to seven consecutive days off during one of the four week*s preceding a CFPC or RCPSC certification exam.
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 In-hospital, 1 in 3 home
Pregnancy Leave
17 weeks
Parental Leave
35 weeks, 37 weeks if resident did not take pregnancy leave
Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) Plan
Top-up to 84% 27 weeks for women who take pregnancy and parental leave; 12 weeks for parents on stand-alone parental leave.
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
Dental Plan
85% paid for eligible expenses
CMPA Dues Paid
Under current arrangements, residents are rebated by Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for dues in excess of $300.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes – 70% of salary, non-taxable.
Statutory and Floating Holidays
2 weeks leave with full pay and benefits;
10 stat days plus 1 personal floater.
Residents are entitled to at least 5 consecutive days off over the Christmas or New Year period, which accounts for 3 statutory holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 2 weekend days.
Life Insurance
Yes, 2x salary
Salary and Benefit Continuance
A resident that can’t work due to illness or injury will have salary and benefits maintained for 6 months or until end of appointment (whichever occurs first)
Call Stipend
$127.60 in-hospital; $63.80 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Weekend premium:
$140.36 in-hospital; $70.18 home call or qualifying shift on shift-based services.
Updated October 4, 2023

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Aerial view of rural town with large church
Rural Grimsby
Grimsby is a town on Lake Ontario in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada. Grimsby is at the eastern end of the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area. It is named after the English fishing town of Grimsby in north-east Lincolnshire.