Looking to find info specifically for physicians assistants in Ontario, Canada. I recently had a family member tell me that physicians assistants (PAs) are coming to Ontario to relieve the burden of too many patients, not enough doctors. This family member claims that physicians assistants receive the same training physicians do, and can do everything a physician can do. She claims that she heard of a person having their broken hip surgically repaired by a PA. I'm a Registered Nurse. It was my understanding that PAs work UNDER physicians. They are not regulated, and cannot practice independently. I thought PAs were similar to NPs in scope, but while an NP can work independently, a PA will always need to work under a physician. Also, PAs cannot prescribe but NPs can. It's really hard to find info on PAs vs NPs in Ontario, Canada. I'm mainly looking to find out about scope of practice. Also, is a PA "higher" than an NP? Like NP is to PA as RPN is to RN? Links appreciated!