Health Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs Division

All Nurses

Creating New Nursing Positions

An important focus of the nursing strategy is increasing new nursing positions in the province. For example, nursing positions have been created in these key areas :

  • Resident Assessment Instrument–Minimum Data Set 2.0 (RAI-MDS) in long-term care homes across Ontario to standardize assessment and care planning and support ongoing quality improvement.
  • Health Care Connect Program to help unattached patients in Ontario find a family health care provider.
  • Nurse-Led Long-Term Care Outreach Teams to ensure long-term care residents have access to timely, high-quality care and to minimize avoidable resident transfers to hospital emergency rooms.
  • Infection Control Nurses to implement proactive strategies to protect the health and safety of patients and, where necessary, control communicable diseases in health care facilities.

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics offer important health services such as comprehensive primary care, illness prevention and health promotion, diagnosis and treatment of episodic and chronic illness, health assessments and primary mental health care. Nurse practitioners in these clinics collaborate with an inter-professional team of health care providers and support staff, which may include registered nurses, registered practical nurses, collaborating family physicians, registered dietitians, pharmacists and social workers.

For more information on Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics please refer to:

70 per cent Full-Time Nursing Employment

Ontario's Nursing Strategy initiatives support increased movement toward 70 per cent full-time nursing employment. This promotes continuity of care and is intended to support improved patient outcomes and nurses' job satisfaction.

Nursing Education Initiative

The Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) is an education and training fund that gives nurses access to continuing education and professional development opportunities through education grants. In addition, the NEI provides funding to develop best practice guidelines, advanced clinical fellowships and recruitment and retention strategies. The NEI is administered through a partnership with the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

Learn more about the Nursing Education Initiative:

Nursing Community Assessment Visit Program

The Nursing Community Assessment Visit Program provides reimbursement to employers for travel and accommodation expenses incurred by nurses (and their spouses, if applicable) to assess nursing employment opportunities in communities designated as underserviced. This program helps employers recruit nurses in underserviced areas to address nursing shortages. The Rurality Index of Ontario (RIO) is used to determine a community's eligibility for this program. The Nursing Community Assessment Program is administered by the ministry's Primary Health Care Branch.

Learn more about the Nursing Community Assessment Visit Program.

The de Souza Institute

The de Souza Institute aims to build capacity and support excellence in oncology (cancer) nursing. The Institute is supported by the Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network and Cancer Care Ontario.

The first of its kind in Canada, this innovative institute of learning provides nurses who care for oncology patients, in every area of the province, with educational opportunities through live events, telehealth and e-technologies. 

Learn more about the de Souza Institute.


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Health Workforce Planning Branch
Telephone: 416-327-8500