The Department of Health and Community Services is committed to health human resource planning including the development of initiatives to assist with the recruitment and retention of health professionals to provide effective and sustainable services to the people of our province.
Effective recruitment is about building relationships with students, new graduates, and experienced professionals, regardless of whether they originate from within the province or elsewhere. The province currently offers a variety of recruitment and retention initiatives for students and experienced health professionals. Bursaries are effective for student recruitment, while signing bonuses are valuable for attracting experienced health professionals. Both incentives entice individuals to accept difficult-to-fill positions.
Listed below are the wide range of initiatives that are funded by the Department of Health and Community Services, as well as information on application forms and policies.
Provincial Physician Bursary Program is designed to attract undergraduate medical students and medical residents to commence practice in designated areas of need in Newfoundland and Labrador upon obtaining full licensure in this province. The Department of Health and Community Services provides bursaries to eligible students and medical residents to assist with academic and living expenses during training.
The Provincial Physician Bursary Program consists of two incentives: the Undergraduate Medical Student Bursary Program and the Medical Resident Bursary Program
For More Information: Provincial Physician Bursary Program Policy
The Undergraduate Medical Student Bursary Program provides bursaries to full-time students enrolled in the fourth academic year of the Undergraduate Medical Education Program at Memorial University in exchange for a twelve (12)-month provincial service agreement. Students enrolled in medical schools in other educational institutions are not eligible for these bursaries.
The amount of each bursary is $7,500 per student. These will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis up to a maximum of thirty (30) undergraduate medical student bursaries per fiscal year.
The deadline for the application is March 31st of the third academic year with payment being made at the start of the fourth academic year.
The Medical Resident Bursary Program provides bursaries to medical residents who agree to provide service in a specific community in Newfoundland and Labrador upon obtaining full-licensure. Bursaries are available to medical residents who meet the following criteria:
Recipients are eligible for only one (1) medical resident bursary. The service requirement for one (1) medical resident bursary is thirty-six (36) months.
The following table shows the medical resident bursary amounts by community level. Community levels increase from Level 0 (Labrador) to Level 3 (major towns and cities) based on level of rural location and remoteness.
(either of last 2 years)
Family Medicine Resident
(either of last 2 years)
The deadline for requesting a medical resident bursary is January 31 of the academic year of application.
Funding is available for physicians to undertake training in specialty and sub-specialty programs that are not offered by Memorial University. A recipient’s salary (including cost of benefits) will be paid at the pay scale of the University offering the fellowship position. In return for this funding, it is required that the recipient return one year of service to the province within a Regional Health Authority for each year funding is received. Candidates must first seek to obtain regular funded positions in the out-of-province programs and possess qualifications at least equivalent to that expected for the funded positions.
Applications will be accepted throughout the year, provided that sufficient time is available to review the application.
For further information, please contact:
Department of Health and Community Services
Physician Services Branch
Tel: (709) 729-4029
Lists of all vacant positions and related information:
This Provincial Physician Signing Bonus Program provides signing bonuses to newly recruited physicians who agree to practice in a position that is defined as difficult-to-fill in Newfoundland and Labrador. Recipients are eligible for only one (1) signing bonus. The service requirement for one (1) signing bonus is thirty-six (36) months.
An individual who received an incentive under the Medical Resident Bursary Program is NOT eligible for an incentive under the Physician Signing Bonus Program in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Community levels increase from Level 0 (Labrador) to Level 3 (major towns and cities) based on level of rural location and remoteness.
|Recipient||One-Time Signing Bonus Amount per Recipient with a 36-Month Service Agreement||Community Level|
Bachelor of Nursing Bursaries provide financial assistance to students of the Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) Program.
The Labrador Enhanced Bachelor of Nursing Bursary Program will provide enhanced financial assistance to students, who are permanent residents of Labrador, enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing Program.
The bursary is available to current permanent residents of Labrador enrolled in either:
Amounts and Conditions:
A $5,000 bursary is available per each academic year, to a maximum of $20,000. Cumulative amounts may be awarded in subsequent years.
Each $5,000 bursary requires the student to commit to a 1,950 hours-worked service obligation (to a maximum of 7,800 hours of service), as a Registered Nurse, within a health care facility or community clinic in Labrador upon completion of a Bachelor of Nursing Program. The service obligation must be fulfilled in a permanent full-time, difficult-to-fill position identified by Labrador-Grenfell Health (acute care, long-term care, public health or community health nursing).
Students must meet all conditions of employment with Labrador-Grenfell Health.
For More Information: Policy 2.1 Labrador Enhanced BN Bursary Program (147 KB)
Download: Form 2.1 Application Form for Labrador BN Bursary Program (170 KB)
This grant provides financial assistance with tuition and practice related expenses for two clinical courses.
This policy applies to students enrolled in the following courses in Newfoundland and Labrador:
For More Information: Policy 3.0 Bachelor of Nursing Practice Course Grant (102 KB)
Download: Form 3.0 Bachelor of Nursing Practice Course Grant (175 KB)
The goal of this program is to provide financial assistance to nurse practitioner students in the amount of $5,000 to increase the number of nurse practitioners in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding requires a one year (1950 hours) service agreement with a regional health authority. Eligible nurses are those who are:
This policy applies to registered nurses enrolled in an accredited nurse practitioner program in Canada who sign a one year service agreement in Newfoundland and Labrador to work as nurse practitioner after graduation.
The objective of the Rural Nursing Student Incentive Program is to provide travel-related funding assistance (up to $1,500) to nursing students in their fourth year of studies to undertake community placements in rural areas of the province during their four-week course: 4512 - Community Health Practicum. Funds are forwarded from the Department of Health and Community Services to the Memorial University School of Nursing; the Memorial University School of Nursing is responsible for the administration of these funds.
For More Information: Policy 4.0 Rural Nursing Student Incentive Policy (96 KB)
For more information about incentives for nursing, please contact:
Signing bonuses are available for selected positions in 26 health occupations groups. Positions deemed difficult-to-fill are those that have been subject to active (but unsuccessful) recruitment for two months or more. Below is a list of health professional groups in which selected positions may be eligible for a signing bonus. Other conditions may apply.
|Provincial:||Eastern Health, Central Health and Western Health Only:|
|Audiologist||Electroneurophysiology Technologist (EEG)|
|Clinical Dietitian||Nuclear Medicine Technologist|
|Medical Laboratory Technologist||Orthopedic Technologist|
|Combined LX Technologist||Eastern Health Only:|
|Medical Radiation Technologist||Orthopists|
|Occupational Therapist||Prothetist/Orthetist Clinician|
|Recreation Development Specialist||Cardiovascular Perfusionists|
|Registered Nurse||Medical Flight Specialist (Happy Valley-Goose Bay)|
|Speech Language Pathologist|
|Licensed Practical Nurse|
|Personal Care Attendant|
See below the amounts of signing bonuses that may be available based on location. Please contact the RHAs to discuss whether a signing bonus may be available for a position.
|Category||Difficult-to-fill Position by Location||One Year Service Agreement||Two Year Service Agreement|
|A||Positions in communities on Trans Canada Highway||$3,000||$6,000|
|B||Positions in communities not on Trans Canada Highway and excluding C and D||$5,000||$10,000|
|C||Positions in Labrador-Grenfell Health Authority excluding D||$6,000||$12,000|
|D||Positions on the coast of Labrador||$8,000||$16,000|
For More Information: Policy 7.0 Signing Bonus Policy (166 KB)
The awarding of bursaries for difficult to fill Health Professional positions is based on vacancies that exist within each Regional Health Authority (RHA). Bursaries are available to students who sign a service agreement.
Below is a list of eligible Health Professional occupations*.
|Behaviour Management Specialist||Diagnostic Imaging Technologist||Paramedic (Advanced Care)|
|Cardiology Technologist||Dosimetrist||Pastoral Care Clinician|
|Cardiopulmonary Technologist||Electro Neurophysiology Technologist||Personal Care Attendant|
|Cardiovascular Perfusion Technologist||Genetic Counselor||Prosthetist-Orthotist Clinician/Technician|
|Child Management Specialist||Laboratory Technologist||Radiation Therapist|
|Clinical Dietitian||Licensed Practical Nurse||Recreation/Development Special|
|Clinical Occupational Therapist||Managers (clinical and non-clinical)||Respiratory Therapist|
|Clinical Pharmacist||Medical Physicist||Social Worker|
|Clinical Physiotherapist||Nuclear Medicine Technologist||Speech-Language Pathologist|
|Clinical Psychologist||Orthopaedic Technologist|
* Other Health Professional Occupations may be considered
The bursary is a maximum of $10,000 with a required service obligation of 3900 or 3640 hours (as applicable). A maximum of $5,000 with a 1950 or 1820 (as applicable) hour service obligation is also available. For Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in St. John’s, the bursary is generally $3,000, with a 1950 or 1820 (as applicable) hour service obligation. Bursaries are available to students only.
For Licensed Practical Nurses and Personal Care Attendants:
The bursary is a maximum of $5,000 with a required service obligation of 3,900 hours. The service obligation requires the student to work as an LPN/PCA with a Regional Health Authority (RHA) in Newfoundland and Labrador upon completion of the program (last day of exams in academic calendar). Students must meet all conditions required by the RHA before being offered a bursary which includes meeting conditions of employment with the RHA offering the bursary.
For more Information:Policy 6.0 Health Professional Bursary Policy (261 KB)
Download (For Regional Health Authorities only):
Eastern Health has partnered with the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto Ontario, to place qualifying students from Newfoundland and Labrador in the Radiation Therapy Program. Radiation Therapists use advanced computer systems and radiation therapy equipment to design and implement treatment plans for cancer and other diseases. Funding support for tuition, books and bursaries may be available if a student is willing to sign a service commitment agreement to work in Eastern Health upon graduation. For more information on Radiation Therapy please visit Michener Institute's website.
Ten Physiotherapy and eight Occupational Therapy seats are reserved at Dalhousie University for residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. When a student applies to Dalhousie University in the Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy programs, s/he will be advised by Dalhousie University of these seats. Students are encouraged, during their training program at Dalhousie University, to seek employment with one of the Regional Health Authorities (RHA's) in Newfoundland and Labrador and take advantage of available incentives.
Seat Purchase Program Dalhousie University: The Department of Health and Community Services provides funding for 18 seats at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to ensure access to the Occupational Therapy (8 seats) and Physiotherapy (10 seats) programs by Newfoundland & Labrador students. There is no associated return-in-service.
The Department’s Dental Bursary Program has two components, the Rural Dental Bursary Program and the Specialist Bursary Program. Recipients of the Rural Dental Bursary are required to fulfill their practice commitment in a rural area determined by the province. For the Specialist Bursary Program, applicants are required to work in an in-need area upon graduation.
Each bursary is valued at $25,000. Students must apply annually for bursaries and are eligible to receive a maximum of three bursaries in each component of the Program for a total of $150,000. In exchange for each bursary received, bursary recipients are required to commit to one year of service in rural or in-need areas of the province.
Recipients will be determined through a competitive application process and while the program is open to Canadian citizens, preference is given to students from Newfoundland and Labrador. To be eligible, an applicant must be accepted into an accredited dental program or specialty program recognized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Licensing Board.
For More Information: Dental Bursary Policy (66 KB)