Social determinants of health, such as poverty, play a major role in patients’ health outcomes. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and the Centre for Effective Practice have joined forces to expand and disseminate an Ontario poverty tool to raise awareness among family physicians and other health professionals of how poverty affects their patients. Poverty: A Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers offers specific resources to help health care providers screen for and respond to poverty concerns in patient encounters, particularly when caring for underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized populations.

The Poverty tool is:

  • Individualized for each province, through the incorporation of local resources and supports
  • Designed for quick and intuitive use in your day-to-day practice
  • Endorsed by the CFPC and its provincial Chapters

Download the Poverty: Clinical Tool for Primary Care Providers.

To learn more about the Poverty tool, please visit or contact the CFPC’s Practice Support department at


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