Northern Health Programs

NOTICE: Effective immediately, the Ministry of Health has temporarily suspended acceptance of all mailed and/or couriered documents related to application-based programs. Only applications that are sent by email to a ministry designated account or via fax will be accepted. Applications that include electronic signatures (i.e. scanned original, electronic device applications, or digital) will be accepted in lieu of original, signed documents.

Please refer to each program’s webpage for designated ministry email address.

The Northern Health Programs (NHP) of Underserviced Area Program (UAP) is one of a number of supports provided by the ministry to help rural, remote and northern communities recruit and retain health professionals.

The program is administered by the Primary Health Care Branch, Northern Health Programs and is intended to enhance access to health care services in small rural and northern areas of the province, which have difficulty attracting and retaining health care professionals. It also offers a variety of components aimed at attracting and retaining health care providers to Ontario communities with a Rurality Index Score (RIO) of 40 or greater.


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Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative

Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative

Taxable financial incentives to each eligible physician who establishes a full-time practice in an eligible community of the province.

Northern Physician Retention Initiative

Northern Physician Retention Initiative

Targeted to general/family practitioners and specialists who continue to practice full-time in Northern Ontario.

Tuition Support Program for Nurses

Tuition Support Program for Nurses

Tuition reimbursement to recent nursing graduates from rural and remote communities

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Ministry of Health
Primary Health Care Team
Northern Health Programs
402 - 159 Cedar Street
Sudbury ON P3E 6A5
Toll free: 1-866-727-9959
Fax: 705-564-7493
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