Thank you for your interest in Ontario’s Bridging Education Grant in Nursing (BEGIN) Program. The BEGIN program will provide tuition support to Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) and Personal Support Workers (PSWs) in Ontario, so they can pursue further education to become registered practical nurses and registered nurses respectively. The program will enhance their level of professional education and skills and thereby help address the critical staffing issues facing the long-term care and/ or home and community care (HCC) sectors.

The BEGIN program provides tuition reimbursement to eligible RPNs and PSWs who agree to enter into Return of Service (RoS) Agreements to work in the LTC or HCC sectors once their education has been completed.

Eligible RPNs can receive tuition reimbursement of up to $10,000 per year for up to 3 years and a maximum of $30,000.

Eligible PSWs can receive tuition reimbursement of up to $6,000 per year for up to 3 years and a maximum of $15,000.

Some participants may be eligible to receive additional financial supports of up to $5,000 per year (based on demonstrated need) to assist with costs such as care for dependents, tutoring, and travel costs.