Data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, 2009-2011
Approximately 84% of households in Canada with at least one child under the age of 12 years, versus 85% of households with no children under the age of 12 years, reported having a regular medical doctor.
Variation was found across jurisdictions; however differences were modest with the exception of Québec (66% versus 76%). Nurses are often the first point of primary care, which likely explains the differences found in the territories.
Survey data do not include First Nations children living on reserve. This may result in undercounting of children with inequities in access in some provinces/territories.