WINNIPEG, Nov. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister
of State (Social Development), today highlighted the success of the
Government of Canada's student loan forgiveness program for family
doctors and nurses who work, and improve health care, in rural and
"Our government is committed to improving access to health care in rural
and remote communities," said Minister Bergen. "Through our student
loan forgiveness program, we are contributing to Canada's long-term
growth, competitiveness and prosperity. We encourage more health care
professionals to work in these communities to improve the overall
health of Canadians."
Since April 2013, over 1 150 family doctors and nurses have benefitted
from Student Loan Forgiveness. Under the Canada Student Loan
Forgiveness for Family Doctors and Nurses initiative, family doctors
and residents in family medicine could receive up to $8,000 per year in
Canada Student Loan forgiveness, to a maximum of $40,000 over five
years. Nurses and nurse practitioners could have up to $4,000 per year
forgiven, to a maximum of $20,000 over five years.
By offering this support, the Government of Canada is improving primary
health care in designated remote or rural communities across Canada.
Post-secondary education is vital to Canada's economic growth and future
prosperity. The Government of Canada's support for post-secondary
education is helping Canadians get the right education, skills and
training to find good jobs and contribute to their communities.
In April 2013, the Government of Canada implemented Canada Student Loan
forgiveness for family doctors and nurses to encourage eligible family
doctors, residents in family medicine, nurse practitioners and nurses
to practice in designated rural or remote communities.
Student loan forgiveness is available for health care professionals who
practice in more than 4 200 designated communities that have an urban
core population of less than 50 000 and are located outside provincial
capitals. Applicants can determine whether a community is designated by
using the postal code lookup. This initiative only applies to Canada Student Loans, more
specifically the federal portion of a government student loan.
To be eligible, applicants must have been employed for a period of 12
months in a designated community and must have provided in-person
services for a minimum of 400 hours, or 50 days, in that community. In
addition, applicants must be in repayment and up-to-date on their
Canada Student Loan payments. For more information, visit CanLearn.ca.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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