Health Workforce Planning Branch

Practice and Compensation

Physician Services Agreement

On October 18, 2008 an agreement was reached between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, called the 2008 Physician Services Agreement. This agreement reflects a shared commitment to provide family health care for all Ontarians and to reduce wait times in hospital emergency rooms.

Recruitment and Retention

HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency

The HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency helps health care professionals find employment opportunities in Ontario communities. Learn more about HealthForceOntario and its services.

HealthForceOntario 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.

Community Partnership Coordinators

Community Partnership Coordinators help with health care professional recruitment efforts in each of Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks.

Practice Ontario

Practice Ontario is a free career-planning service for postgraduate medical residents created by the 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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