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Employer

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What is the Nursing Graduate Guarantee (NGG)? 
The Nursing Graduate Guarantee Initiative (NGG) is designed to support Canadian new graduate nurses (i.e. graduates of Registered Nurse and Registered Practical Nurse programs) by providing them with a full-time job opportunity (bridging position). The NGG provides up to 26 weeks of temporary, full-time employment in a supernumerary (i.e. above regular staffing complement) position to support Canadian new graduate nurses’ transition into practice, and provides them with the opportunity to apply and compete for permanent, full-time employment. The NGG is part of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s health human resource strategy, HealthForceOntario.

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Are graduates from out-of-province (i.e. outside Ontario) nursing programs eligible to participate in the NGG?
As of April 1, 2014, Canadian new graduate nurses who choose to live and work in Ontario are eligible to participate in the NGG.

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How long will the NGG positions last? 
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funds eligible health care employers a maximum of 26 weeks. New graduate nurses are eligible to bridge into permanent, full-time positions at the organization after a minimum of 12 weeks in the initiative. Employers must fund an extra 6 weeks in the initiative if a new graduate nurse has not bridged into a permanent, full-time position after 26 weeks (unless the new graduate nurse participant voluntarily accepts a permanent, part time position after the initial 12 weeks and before the end of 26 weeks in the program).

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Is a request for funding to support a NGG new graduate nurse position 100 percent guaranteed? 
Health care organizations must meet the NGG eligibility criteria prior to participating in the initiative. The government is committed to reimbursing all eligible employers for the salary and benefits of NGG participants in their organizations (e.g. while the new graduate nurse is actively participating in the program).

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Do new graduate nurses have an advantage in bridging into permanent, full-time positions?
New graduate nurses in supernumerary (i.e. above regular staff complement) NGG positions will have to compete with other interested nurses employed at the organization when applying for permanent, full-time positions. Each organization has different assessment and eligibility criteria for positions (e.g. seniority status, union guidelines, experience etc.). The supernumerary NGG positions are intended to support new graduate nurses in developing transition to practice skills and to provide them with experience that makes them job-ready and more marketable.

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Employer

How does my organization participate in the NGG? 
Employers must complete the following requirements to participate:

  1. Register and post NGG positions on the Nurses’ Career Start Gateway.
  2. Conduct interviews and offer positions.
  3. Submit an online budget request to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  4. E-sign the NGG contract.
  5. Place each new graduate nurse in a supernumerary position and bridge her/him into a permanent, full-time position as it becomes available (after 12 weeks).
  6. Submit online reports.

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Can all organizations participate in the NGG? 
To be eligible under the NGG, an employer must:

  • Receive transfer payments from the government for the provision of nursing services;
  • Already employ nurses to support mentorship of the Canadian new graduate nurse in a supernumerary position; and
  • Have the infrastructure to support successful implementation of the initiative. This may include physical infrastructure, nursing education or professional development initiatives, and management supports.

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Does the NGG apply to all sectors? 
Yes. These employment opportunities for Canadian new graduate nurses will include all sectors: hospital, long-term care, community care, home care, public health, and primary health care.

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How will the new graduate nurses be compensated? 
New graduate nurses will be paid sector-appropriate wages and benefits as outlined in the organization’s human resource policy and collective agreements. The funding agreement will respect the conditions of the collective agreement.

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How will the NGG funding be released to my organization? 
NGG funding is released to organizations based on a financial schedule specified in the contract agreement. Participating NGG employers should note that the release of NGG funds could take between 3-6 months from the approval date of the budget request submission on the Nurses’ Career Start Gateway.

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Does my organization have to guarantee new graduates a permanent, full-time job after the NGG position? 

Participating NGG employers are expected to commit best efforts to bridge the new graduate nurse into permanent, full-time employment. If the employer is not successful in bridging the new graduate nurse to a permanent, full-time position by the end of the 26 weeks, employers are required to provide funding for 6 additional weeks in the program (unless the new graduate nurse participant voluntarily accepts a permanent, part time position after the initial 12 weeks and before the end of 26 weeks in the program).

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What if the new graduate nurse finds a permanent, full-time position in another organization and leaves the organization before the end of the placement? 
The new graduate nurse would be encouraged to move directly into that permanent, full-time position as the NGG is a time-limited initiative. If the new graduate nurse leaves the organization, any remaining funds will be recovered from the organization.

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What advantages does this initiative offer to my organization? 
Employers benefit from the NGG in the following ways:

  • Full funding is provided to your organization for up to 26 weeks for new graduate nurses;
  • The NGG supports health human resources planning by augmenting existing recruitment and retention strategies; and
  • The NGG assists in levelling the playing field for all organizations regardless of size and will help with recruitment to rural and northern areas.

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We’re located in a remote area that’s hard to "sell" to new nurses. How will this initiative help us?
It is expected that the NGG will benefit remote and underserviced areas. The Nurses’ Career Start Gateway will provide access to a huge pool of Canadian new graduate nurses and the opportunity for all employers to promote their sector, organization, and community in a comprehensive way. The approach assists in levelling the playing field, and provides "reach" for all employers.

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How does the reinvestment funding work?
The NGG will fund the 26 weeks of salary dollars for each new graduate nurse participant. If the new graduate nurse is bridged to a permanent, full-time position after 12 weeks but prior to the 26 weeks, the employer may use the remainder of the funds (i.e. the “reinvestment fund”) for certain other nursing initiatives as specified in the NGG Guidelines.

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What are the different types of reinvestment initiatives?
Participating employers can use the reinvestment funds for:

  • Intraprofessional Mentorship and Preceptorship Programs: funding may be used for intraprofessional and (nurse to nurse) mentorship and/or preceptorship programs.
  • 80/20 for Staff Nurses: funding may be used to back-fill staff nurses, allowing them to spend 20% of their time on professional development opportunities (e.g. work on nursing councils, patient teaching, research, education).
  • Internships for Experienced Nurses in Specialty Areas: funding may be used to allow more experienced nurses to spend time in a supernumerary internship in a specialty area to assist them in gaining the knowledge and skills required to fill present and potential vacancies.
  • Initiatives to Support Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) who are Registrants in Ontario and Nurses Re-Entering the Workforce: funding may be used to help IENs who are currently registered in Ontario transition into the nursing workforce.

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Who can I contact if I have technical questions or problems related to the Nursing Graduate Guarantee portal? 
All technical support questions should be directed to HealthForceOntario's HFOJobs:

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North America: 1-800-463-1270 ext. 6
Toronto: 416-862-2200 ext. 6
E-mail: hfojobs@hfojobs.ca