Government Support for Nurses

Find out how the Ontario government offers support to nurses:

Access Centre for Internationally Educated Health Professionals
As part of the HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency, The Access Centre helps internationally educated health care professionals living in Ontario navigate the licensing, certification and regulatory process.

Best Practice Guidelines
Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and developed by the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, the Best Practice Guideline Program uses the highest quality evidence to support best practices in the delivery of nursing care and promotion of healthy work environments.

Community Visit Program
Health care professionals and their spouses may be reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses within Ontario to visit a designated underserviced community to assess practice opportunities.

The de Souza Institute for Oncology Nursing
An innovative centre of learning dedicated to improving cancer care by supporting excellence in oncology nursing. The Institute provides oncology education in numerous modalities to nurses across Ontario.

Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner
Program repurposes MOHLTC funds already allocated to a Nurse Practitioner (NP) position to sponsor a local registered nurse to obtain NP education. Funds are used for salary continuance, education and related expenses while the nurse is receiving NP education. In exchange, the NP commits to a return-of-service to the organization providing the funding.

HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency
The HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency, an initiative of the HealthForceOntario strategy, helps to manage the number, mix and distribution of qualified health care professionals practising in Ontario.

HFOJobs is a free job website that allows Ontario communities and employers to advertise their physician and nurse job opportunities.

Late Career Nurse Initiative (LCNI)
Provides nurses 55 years of age and older with the opportunity to spend a portion of their time engaging in less physically demanding nursing roles, such as mentoring other nurses or teaching patients.

Northerneastern Ontario Health Professional Development Program (NOHP-Dev)
Offers support to health care professionals in Northeastern Ontario by providing them with quality, accessible educational opportunities.

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics
Ontario is expanding the number of Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics to increase access to primary health care services.

Nursing Education Initiative (RNs) | Nursing Education Initiative (RPNs)
Nurses are eligible to apply for up to $1,500 annually to support ongoing professional development opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills. Funded by MOHLTC and administered by RNAO and RPNAO.

Nursing Graduate Guarantee (NGG) Initiative
Ensures every new Ontario nursing graduate (RN and RPN) who wishes to work full-time in Ontario will have that opportunity.

Regional Advisors
Regional Advisors of HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency work closely with residents, practising physicians and their spouses/partners to find suitable practice opportunities in Ontario.

Tuition Support Program for Nurses (TSPN)
Offers tuition reimbursement to recent nursing graduates from rural and remote communities. Applicants are required to complete a return-of-service (ROS) in an eligible underserviced community.