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Ontario Expands Career Growth Opportunities for PSWs and Nurses in Long-Term Care and Home and Community Care

Thank you for your interest in the Bridging Educational Grant In Nursing (BEGIN) Program.

The Program is part of the government’s commitment to recruit nurses to the Long-term Care (LTC) and Home & Community Care (HCC) sectors by supporting PSWs and RPNs to career ladder to RPN and RN roles respectively.

BEGIN is expected to:

✓ Improve retention of nurses in the LTC/HCC sectors.

✓ Foster a culture of excellence in LTC/HCC to make these sectors of choice for the nursing profession.

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FAQs

The BEGIN Program offers grant amounts as follows:

For Eligible RPNs – A guaranteed up to $10,000 per nurse/per academic year for full time studies up to a maximum of $30,000 per nurse in tuition reimbursement over the course of the program.

For Eligible PSWs – A guaranteed $6,000 per PSW/per academic year for full time studies up to maximum of $15,000 in tuition reimbursement over the course of a 3-year Bridging to Practical Nursing program, or $12,000 for a two-year Practical Nursing program.

In addition both RPNs and PSWs would have the option to apply for additional needs-based funding for supports of up to $5000/year such as course materials, tutoring, child care, and travel. This wraparound funding support would be available for up to 25% of participants in the program.

Applicants to the BEGIN Program would be required to sign a Return of Service (ROS) Agreement committing to working in the LTC or HCC sectors following graduation.

To be eligible for BEGIN, as a Registered Practical Nurses (RPN), you will need to be:

  • Registered with the Ontario College of Nurses;
  • Currently enrolled in a bridging to BScN program offered at an Ontario publicly funded college, university, or Indigenous Institute;
  • Enrolled in a minimum 40% course load; and
  • Willing to commit to a Return to Service (ROS) following graduation in either LTC or HCC sectors.
    A student in any year of an approved program would be eligible.

To be eligible for BEGIN, as a Personal Support Workers (PSWs) you will need to be:

  • Personal Support Worker in Ontario (graduates of an approved program);
  • Currently enrolled in a bridging/practical nursing program offered at an Ontario publicly funded college or Indigenous Institute;
  • To be eligible, student would be required to enroll in a minimum 40% course load; and
  • Willing to commit to a Return to Service (ROS) following graduation in either LTC or HCC sectors.
    A student in any year of an approved program would be eligible.

NOTE – Applicants need to be aware that receiving funds from the BEGIN program may result in reduced financial assistance and a requirement to repay funding received from other financial support programs (e.g. OSAP.)

We anticipate the application process will open in mid-to- late February 2022.

The BEGIN Program is a partnership between