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The Canadian healthcare system, unlike much of the U.S. healthcare system, has been publicly funded since 1984. Canadian citizens have access to universal coverage for necessary healthcare services, with patients paying out-of-pocket or purchasing supplemental coverage for prescription medications, vision, and dental care.

Prescription medication is also relatively inexpensive, as the Canadian government negotiates drug prices at the federal level. These and other differences make it difficult for U.S.-based companies to understand exactly how to approach the Canadian healthcare market.

To provide a more transparent view into this unique market, we will take a look at the top 25 largest Canadian hospitals, ranked by total number of available beds. 

How many hospitals are there in Canada?

As of August 2020, there is a total of 830 active hospitals in Canada, according to Definitive Healthcare data.

Definitive has an extensive International Hospitals and IDNs database containing the same level of detail that users have come to expect from the platform and brand. 

Top 25 Canadian hospitals by total bed count

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RankHospital NameDefinitive IDProvinceNumber of BedsExplore This Dataset
1Hamilton General Hospital839795ON1251Explore This Profile
2Foothills Medical Centre586129AB1042Explore This Profile
3Vancouver General Hospital - Jim Pattison Pavilion585714BC1029Explore This Profile
4The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus840012ON1028Explore This Profile
5Victoria Building - Queen Elizabeth II585853NS970Explore This Profile
6Hotel-Dieu de Sherbrooke775729QC885Explore This Profile
7Oshawa Hospital585965ON850Explore This Profile
8University of Alberta Hospital586182AB832Explore This Profile
9Royal Alexandra Hospital586180AB813Explore This Profile
10Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg585797MB717Explore This Profile
11Surrey Memorial Hospital585648BC658Explore This Profile
12Humber River Hospital586011ON628Explore This Profile
13Rockyview General Hospital586134AB585Explore This Profile
14Windsor Regional Hospital - Ouellette Campus839656ON570Explore This Profile
15Lions Gate Hospital585705BC536Explore This Profile
16Grand River Hospital - Freeport Campus839713ON511Explore This Profile
17Royal Jubilee Hospital585726BC497Explore This Profile
18Peter Lougheed Centre586133AB495Explore This Profile
19Saint John Regional Hospital586217NB486Explore This Profile
20Kingston General Hospital585934ON481Explore This Profile
21Peterborough Regional Health Centre585978ON480Explore This Profile
22Regina General Hospital586080SK468Explore This Profile
23St. Joseph’s Hospital585945ON465Explore This Profile
24Kelowna General Hospital585660BC459Explore This Profile
25Cape Breton Regional Hospital585843NS453Explore This Profile

Fig. 1 Data from Definitive Healthcare’s International Hospitals & IDNs database. Data sourced from the Canadian Institute for Health Information for calendar year 2019 (most recent available). Accessed August 2020.

This list includes all Canadian hospitals, regardless of facility type. Definitive Healthcare tracks 7 categories of Canadian hospitals, including cancer treatment centers, chronic care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, pediatric and psychiatric specialty hospitals, and more.

Largest general hospitals in Canada

The Canadian general hospital with the greatest reported number of beds is Hamilton General Hospital — a major teaching hospital in downtown Hamilton, Ontario — with a total bed count of 1,251. Foothills Medical Centre, Vancouver General Hospital, and Ottawa Hospital are also among the top 5 largest hospitals in Canada — with 1,042, 1,029, and 1,028 total beds, respectively.

Interestingly, the top three mentioned hospitals are not only the largest Canadian hospitals in general, but are also the largest hospitals in their respective provinces. This means that they have a larger amount of available resources to best treat patients in a greater radius, when compared to those that fall further down this list.