Capacity and Health Workforce Planning Branch

Practice and Employment Supports

Recruitment and Retention

Ontario Health-HealthForceOntario

Ontario Health-HealthForceOntario helps health care professionals find employment opportunities in Ontario communities. Learn more about Ontario Health-HealthForceOntario and its services.

Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative

The Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention (NRRR) Initiative offers taxable financial incentives to each eligible physician who establishes a full-time practice in an eligible community of the province. The grants range between $80,000 and $117,600 paid over a four-year period. The grants will be awarded based on eligibility criteria and considerations related to total NRRR Initiative budget allocations.

Resident Loan Interest Relief Program

The Resident Loan Interest Relief Program (RLIRP) was established to help attract and retain new medical graduates. In order to be eligible for the RLIRP, medical residents must have outstanding government debt. During postgraduate residency training, this program pays interest and defers principal payment on any outstanding Canadian federal or provincial government student loan. Residents participating in the program will be required to practise in Ontario for five full years after finishing postgraduate training.

Regional Advisory Services

Ontario Health-HealthForceOntario Regional Advisors support local health care professional recruitment efforts in each of the Ontario Health Regions.

Practice Ontario

Practice Ontario is a free career-planning service for postgraduate medical residents created by the Ontario Health-HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency.

For More Information

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at :
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In Toronto, 416-314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm


Health Workforce Planning Branch
56 Wellesley Street West,
12th Floor
Toronto ON M5S 2S3

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