I originally went to the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Assoication website to search for workers per province. However, their search engine, while useful for consumers, did not help me. TherapistLocator.com, run by the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, showed to be useful for my little study.
I did quick counts of how many Therapists (including affiliate, and student since they too could be employed in counselling) there are per Province in Canada.
I then went to the latest Statistics Canada population count. I then came up with these numbers.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||4||508,900||127,225|
|Prince Edward Island||0||141,000||0|
The National Average is 1 Therapist for every 43,201 people.
So, we can see that Manitoba is, in a sense, flooded with therapists. It is probably to the credit of the University of Winnipeg program (1 of 2 in Canada recognized by AAMFT) for Marriage and Family Therapy that there is this balloon. However, not all MFT's have a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Counselling is almost top heavy in the West. With all four provinces having a better therapist to population ratio than the national average. However, all of the Eastern provinces are worse than the national average.
So, for future counsellors, your best markets are Eastern Canada, well, anything besides Manitoba, where one therapist has access to roughly 12,000 people (that's a small market!). If 10,000 people did see you in one year, and your cost was $50 per session, that's $50,000. However, somewhere like Saskatchewan (the next province on the list), there could be 20,000 to see you in one year. That's $100,000.
So it looks like I might be on the move.