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Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

The Department of Psychiatry South Island has an opportunity for a Psychiatrist to provide inpatient and community consultation on Salt Spring Island. Key components of this position include:

1. Share hospital coverage of 19 bed General Hospital with our other Psychiatrist – on call from 1800 Sunday through 1700 hours Friday, approximately 5 – 15 hrs a week at the hospital. Coverage is largely adult but includes patients of all ages from child and youth to geriatrics.

2. Outpatient treatment at the local Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Team, providing consultation to Severe and Chronically Mentally Ill, Urgent Short Term Assessment and Treatment, and Drug and Alcohol programs working with the case managers. Approximately 10-18 hours a week. The team treats adults over the age of 18.

3. Private office practice responding to needs for ongoing care, shared care and consultation from local GP’s – as much time as wished.

The ideal candidate would be an experienced professional with comfort applying the principals of large city training and practice in a small community with less psychiatric infrastructure. Psychological mindedness, self-reflective capacity, and working understanding of boundaries are assets in a setting when one meets one’s patients on the street every day.

The working matrix of a small community provides challenges but also the opportunity for a deep sense of belonging, being an active part of a warm and supportive island, and living in a great place to raise a family.

This is a Temporary position with the candidate ideally working 2 week periods. Date Range to be arranged by applicant and the Salt Spring Island Recruitment Committee.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Community Information

Salt Spring Island (approx 10,000 population) is nestled against the east shore of Vancouver Island located halfway between Victoria and Nanaimo with excellent ferry and seaplane connectivity.

This is an exceptional opportunity to work and live in an area that provides a relaxed lifestyle in a temperate climate with excellent year-round recreation and cultural amenities including but not limited to:

• A large artistic community with a variety of classes, exhibits and performances;

• Outstanding recreational opportunities – sailing, kayaking, hiking, soccer, swimming, baseball, tennis and golf included;

• K-12 education available on island

• Performing arts center, indoor pool, galleries, shopping and a small community movie theatre

• Rural environment providing opportunities for hobby farming or access to locally grown produce and farm products.

To learn more about our community please visit the following links:

Salt Spring Tourism


Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce


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Compensation Type
Estimated Remuneration
Fee-for-Service & Sessional billings & MOCAP

Benefits and Incentives

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:
Retention Premium
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Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island is located in the sheltered southern waters of the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. The island’s shoreline is varied and beautiful, offering rocky shores, tidal pools, and a wide variety of sandy beaches to explore. The year-round residents of Salt Spring Island include an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Many vacationers come to Salt Spring simply to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and soak in the quiet island lifestyle. Farming is important on the island, and local farmers form the backbone of the popular Salt Spring Market so feel free to check it out while you're there!

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