Community Commitment Program for Nurses (CCPN)

To attract Registered Nurses (RNs), Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to work in the hospitals, long-term care (LTC) homes and home and community care (HCC) agencies in greatest need across Ontario, the Community Commitment Program for Nurses (CCPN) provides a $10,000 incentive to eligible nurses in exchange for a 12-month commitment to an eligible employer.

In addition, participating hospitals, LTC homes and HCC agencies who employ eligible nurses through the CCPN may be eligible for an education grant to fund professional development and training opportunities for nurses on their staff.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the CCPN, an employer must:

  • Be a Hospital, Long-Term Care home, or Home and Community Care agency that provides publicly funded nursing services;
  • Confirm that the positions they are seeking to fill through the CCPN have been posted internally to existing staff and that no suitable candidates were found through that process;
  • Confirm that funding will not replace any existing employee incentives currently offered by the organization;
  • Identify a member of their organization willing to mentor a newly hired nurse participating in the CCPN; and
  • Offer a full-time position or full-time hours to an eligible nurse.

To be eligible for the CCPN, a nurse must:

  • Not have been employed as a nurse in Ontario in the six months prior to being hired;
  • Hold a Certificate of Registration in good standing from the College of Nurses of Ontario;
  • Begin employment no later than November 15, 2021;
  • Commit to 12-months of employment at a full-time work schedule offered by the employer; and
  • Not simultaneously receive funds from the Ministry of Health for the Tuition Support Program for Nurses.

How do I participate?

Nurses

  • If you are an eligible nurse who is interested in applying for the Community Commitment Program for Nurses (CCPN), please complete this Expression of Interest Form.
  • Please note that Nurses must begin employment no later than November 15, 2021 to be eligible for the CCPN.

Employers

1. Employer Submits Community Commitment Program for Nurses (CCPN) Employer Application Form:

  • Employer submits the CCPN Employer Application Form and a complete job posting.
  • Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis considering a number of factors, including health system priorities, geography, and local and regional health workforce capacity.
  • Submission of a completed application by an employer does not guarantee employer approval or the receipt of any potential funding through the CCPN.

2. Employer Receives Application Approval:

  • Employers will be notified via email of the maximum number of Nurses eligible for CCPN funding.
  • OH will post the approved job posting to www.HFOJobs.ca on the employer’s behalf. Postings will be identified as eligible for the CCPN.
  • Approved employers are also encouraged to post opportunities via their usual methods.

3. Nurse Recruitment:

  • Interested Nurses complete the Expression of Interest Form. Instructions are provided for how to search and apply for approved opportunities.
  • Employer recruits using their standard recruitment process.
  • Nurses must begin employment no later than November 15, 2021 to be eligible.
  • Approved employer provides information about eligible nurse(s) via this online form.

4. Creation of Agreement between Approved Employer and Ontario Health:

  • Ontario Health will initiate the creation of an Agreement with the Approved Employer.
  • If the funding request meets all eligibility criteria, the agreement will be signed and executed by Ontario Health.
  • A return of service agreement will be provided and must be signed by both the employer and the eligible Nurse.
  • Contingent on confirmation of continued employment, funding of up to $10,000 per eligible nurse will be disbursed to employers to be paid to each Nurse in three instalments: $3,000 after the completion of four (4) months, $3,000 after the completion of eight (8) months, and $4,000 after the completion of twelve (12) months.
  • Education grant funds of $1,500 may be provided to the employer for each nurse actively employed through the Community Commitment Program.

Contact

If you have any questions about this initiative, please send an email to info-hfo@ontariohealth.ca.