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Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund

Grant Information

The Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund was established in 1999 to assist with the recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Manitoba.  Listed below are the wide range of strategies that NRRF funds, as well as information on application forms and policies.

Bilingual/French Requirement Nursing Position Grant

To recruit nurses to work in a recognized bilingual/ francophone facility or program, the NRRF supports the allocation of funding to eligible Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses Extended Practice, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and Licensed Practical Nurses for a return of service commitment.

Personal Care Home Grant

Recipients meeting the eligibility criteria can apply to the Nurses Recruitment and Retention fund for a grant in the amount of $2000.00.

Refresher Courses for RNs

Financial assistance for up to 80% of course costs (up to a maximum of $2,000) per individual are available to complete nursing refresher programs, and are offered by distance education.

Relocation Assistance

The "Come Home to Manitoba" campaign was established to support recruitment of nurses to Manitoba, offering relocation assistance, up to $5,000 for nurses who come to this province to work.

Conditional Grant for Manitoba's Nursing Graduates

Recipients meeting the eligibility criteria can apply to the Nurses Recruitment and Retention fund for a grant in the amount of $4000.00.

Continuing Education Funding

The NRRF has allocated more than $9.7 million to the Regional Health Authorities to support ongoing education for nurses, in addition to educational monies provided within the collective agreement.  Nurses may access these funds by contacting their Regional Continuing Education Committees.

Specialty Programs/Projects

Targeting both the recruitment and retention of nurses, the NRRF has allocated ‘one-time’ funding for a range of specialty programs and projects that help nurses enter, or remain in, Manitoba’s nursing workforce.

Nurse Practitioner Education Grant NEW

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) provide important health care services to Manitobans and their services are an integral component of the strategy adopted by the Province of Manitoba to ensure that all Manitobans have access to primary care. Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living and Education and Training have been working together to develop this new grant to attract and retain NPs in rural communities in Manitoba after graduation. The Grant is intended to cover tuition costs for NP students or recent graduates who, as a condition of receiving a $10,000 grant, agree to fulfill a one year return of service at no less than 0.6 equivalent full time (EFT) in a rural community in Manitoba upon graduation. Manitoba Student Aid (MSA) will assume responsibility for administering the Grant. For more information including how to apply for this Grant, please go to the MSA website www.gov.mb.ca/educate/sfa/pages/med_grants.html

For more information, please contact:

Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund Line
204-786-7393 (in Winnipeg)
1-877-681-4983 (Toll-Free in Canada)
1-877-234-5045 (Toll-Free International)
E-mail: nrrf@gov.mb.ca


The Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund Committee is made up of representatives of the Regional Health Authorities, the Manitoba Nurses' Union, the Manitoba Government Employees Union, and Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living.