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Guidelines for Application to the
Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Program

What is the Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Program?

The Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner Program is part of the government's commitments to provide more families with access to primary health care, and to support the recruitment and retention of nurses. The program was developed to fill vacancies among government funded NP positions. It allows the opportunity to use Ministry funds - currently allocated to a nurse practitioner position - to sponsor a local registered nurse to obtain his/her NP education. The funding will be used to pay the RN's salary while he/she is in school and to reimburse education-related expenses. In exchange, the new NP must agree to a return of service commitment to the agency.

Agencies that would like to participate in the program but require assistance connecting with interested RNs in the community, can post their contact information on this website by sending the following information to gyonp@moh.gov.on.ca :

  • Name of Agency
  • Contact Person's Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

The Ministry is very pleased with the considerable interest in this program. In order to assist with any questions that you might have, we have posted a number of documents below, including a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions [PDF], on this website. We encourage you to review these documents carefully.

For further information about the program, please review the materials below :

Program Guidelines : Program Applications - Full Time : Program Applications - Part Time : Frequently Asked Questions

Notice of Collecting Personal Information

The personal information about the RN Candidate that is submitted on this form is collected by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and is necessary for the Ministry's proper administration of the Grow Your Own Nurse Practitioner (GYONP) Program.

This information will be used to determine eligibility for the GYNOP Program, for accountability and other related administrative purposes, including evaluating the success of the program. The Ministry will only disclose the information on this form to its employees and agents, who may in the future use it to contact the RN and/or the Sponsoring Agency to seek their views on the GYONP Program.

In addition, if the RN is applying to work for the Prenatal and Postnatal Nurse Practitioner Project, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will disclose the information on this form to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services for the purposes described above. Similarly, if the RN is applying to work at an Aboriginal Health Access Centre, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will disclose the information on this form to the Ministry of Community and Social Services for the purposes described above.

If you have any questions about this application form, including the notice regarding personal information, please contact Jennifer Yoon at 416-327-5855 or jennifer.yoon@ontario.ca.

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For more information
Office of the Provincial Chief Nursing Officer
The Nursing Secretariat
12th Floor, 56 Wellesley St. W.
Toronto ON  M5S 2S3
Telephone : 416-327-9689
Fax : 416-327-1878
Call the ministry INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
TTY 1-800-387-5559
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm
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