Critical Care Strategy

Critical Care Nurse Training Fund

To meet the demand for critical care services, Ontario hospitals need an adequate supply of appropriately trained critical care health care professionals. In 2006/07, the Critical Care Nurse Training fund was developed to:

  • help improve the overall quality of training programs for critical care nurses
  • ensure training programs are compliant with the newly developed critical care nursing standards

Hospitals can apply for funding each year, for in-house and/or college-based adult critical care training. Funding eligibility and amounts are dependent on the quality of the application and the number of applications received. The funding will enable hospitals to train nurses to practice in adult and paediatric critical care settings.

The applications are evaluated according to criteria that balance the urgency of the local need with the goal of using these funds to encourage hospitals to train critical care nurses to a consistent standard.

As of March 31, 2014, 3,110 nurses will have received training since the program started.

Call for Applications: 2015/16 Critical Care Nurse Training Fund

Hospitals interested in applying for the 2015/16 Critical Care Nurse Training Fund are invited to submit an application to receive funding under Ontario's Critical Care Strategy. In 2015/16, the Critical Care Nurse Training Fund is expanding to include training support for mid-career nurses (nurses with three to ten years of experience working in critical care units). Critical Care Services Ontario will be emailing the application forms to all hospitals with critical care units. Should you require assistance, please contact Critical Care Services Ontario at

Eligibility requirements and further details are available in the Critical Care Nurse Training Fund Application Guide.

Document download

2015/16 Critical Care Nurse Training Fund Application Guide [PDF]

The call for applications opens March 4, 2015 and completed forms must be submitted by March 27, 2015.

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