NRRF Grants

The Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund was established in 1999 to assist with the recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses Extended Practice, 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

The Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund (NRRF) is committed to enhancing the delivery of health services in the province of Manitoba, by addressing issues of nursing supply. Main functions of the NRRF include the development of strategies to assist with the recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Nurses – Extended Practice (RN-EP), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Manitoba.

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

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

The eligibility criteria for the Bilingual/French Nursing Grant are as follows:

  • Bilingual/Francophone Nurses (RN(EP)s, RNs, RPNs, or LPNs) with an active practice license. Graduate Nurses are eligible and must provide approval from the respective regulatory college to practice as a Graduate Nurse.
  • Bilingual/Francophone Nurses must be newly hired to a position where bilingualism/French language is a requirement and have not been employed in any such position in the 6 months prior to the grant application.
  • Confirmed employment as a direct caregiver by an approved employer in a permanent or term position for a duration of at least one year and 0.6 EFT or higher.
  • Acceptance of and compliance with the conditions of a return of service commitment of 12 months.
  • The Bilingual/French Requirement Nursing Position Grant, which begins April 1, 2012, can be received in conjunction with other financial assistance from the Fund, such as Conditional Grant, Personal Care Home Grant, and Relocation Assistance. However, the return-of-service for any combination will be consecutive.

Links/Resources:

•Bilingual/French Nursing Grant Policy PDF
•Bilingual/French Nursing Grant Application Form PDF [Acrobat version]
•Bilingual/French Nursing Grant Application Form MS-Word [MS-Word version]
•Employer Verification of Incomplete Service agreement for terminated employees

Note:
All Policies are currently under review/update will provide links once completed and approved

Recipients meeting the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for a grant in the amount of $2000.00. For further information, please contact the Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund Line (NRRF Contact below).

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.

Personal Care Home Grant

The Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund (NRRF) is committed to enhancing the delivery of health services in the province of Manitoba, by addressing issues of nursing supply. The main functions of the NRRF include the development of strategies to assist with the recruitment and retention of Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Nurses – Extended Practice (RN-EP), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPN), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in Manitoba.

In response to the proposed enhancements to the hours of direct care for residents in personal care homes, NRRF has established a grant to assist in addressing the workforce requirements to recruit nurses to work in personal care homes for a return of service commitment. This is being offered in the form of a Personal Care Home (PCH) Grant.

The eligibility criteria for the PCH Grant are as follows:

  • Nurses (RNs, RN-EPs, or LPNs) with an active practice license. Graduate nurses are eligible and must provide approval from the respective regulatory college to practice as a graduate nurse.
  • Nurses must be newly hired, and have not been employed in any personal care home in the last 6 months.
  • Confirmed employment as a direct caregiver by an approved employer in a permanent or term positions for a duration of at least one year and 0.6 EFT or more. Approved employers are personal care homes that are licensed by the province of Manitoba.
  • Acceptance of and compliance with the conditions of a return of service commitment of 12 months.
  • The Personal Care Home Grant, which began January 1, 2008, can be received in conjunction with other financial assistance from the Fund, such as Conditional Grants and Relocation Assistance. However, the return-of-service for any combination will be consecutive.

Recipients meeting the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for a grant in the amount of $2000.00.

Links/Resources:

  • PCH Grant Policy PDF
  • PCH Grant Application MS-Word [MS-Word version]
  • PCH Grant Application PDF
  • PCH Grant – Employer Verification of Incomplete Service Agreement [MS-Word]
  • PCH Grant – Employer Verification of Incomplete Service Agreement PDF
  • PCH Grant – List of Personal Care Homes

Note:
All Policies are currently under review/update will provide links once completed and approved

Refresher Courses for RNs, LPNs and RPNs

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.

For information regarding the programs or the registration process, please contact your professional licensing body (CRNM, CLPNM, CRPNM) and the following applicable educational institution:

RN Refresher Program:
Red River College
Phone: 204-632-2303

LPN Refresher Program:
Assiniboine Community College
Phone: 204-725-8700 ext 6881

RPN Refresher Program (multiple sites):

In order to qualify you require:

Review of qualifications by professional licensing body

Acceptance into refresher program at applicable educational institution

Agreement to work in Manitoba in a full time or part time nursing position for one year upon successful completion of refresher program

Links/Resources:

RN, RPN and LPN Refresher Program Policy PDF

Refresher Application Form (October 2013) PDF [PDF version]

Refresher Application Form (October 2013) MS-Word [MS-Word version]

Note:
All Policies are currently under review/update will provide links once completed and approved

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.

In order to qualify for relocation assistance, the applicant will require:

  • Confirmed Full or Part time employment (minimum .6 EFT) in an approved permanent, or term nursing position of at least one-year duration. Casual positions are not eligible.
  • Confirmed nursing position as a direct caregiver or first level nursing manager with an approved employer in Manitoba.
  • Evidence of licensure with applicable nursing college.
    All applicants are required to have successfully passed their Canadian licensing exams, and must provide evidence of registration as an active practicing Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse prior to being approved for Relocation Assistance.
  • Applicants must agree to work in a nursing position in Manitoba for a minimum of one year.
  • Applicants must apply for funding within one year of moving to Manitoba.
  • Applicants returning to Manitoba must have resided outside of the province for a minimum of one year.

Upon approval of the application, relocation assistance is calculated utilizing a formula that includes a base amount, mileage, and number of individuals moving.

Links/Resources:

  • Application For Relocation Assistance Form PDF [Acrobat version]
  • Application For Relocation Assistance Form MS-Word [MS-Word version]
  • Reimbursement for Relocation Costs – Policy PDF
  • Employer Verification of Incomplete Service Agreement – Reimbursement of Relocation Costs

Note:
All Policies are currently under review/update will provide links once completed and approved

Conditional Grant for Manitoba’s Nursing Graduates

This program was established to encourage new graduates to relocate to rural communities in Manitoba, subsequently reducing the number of rural nursing vacancies.

In order to qualify for the conditional grant, the applicant must:

  • Be a recent graduate from an approved program and within six months of initial registration as a Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Registered Nurse Extended Practice (RNEP).
  • Be willing to relocate to a site in rural or northern Manitoba (outside of Winnipeg or Brandon).
  • Have written confirmation of employment in a permanent or term nursing position of 0.6 equivalent full time (EFT) or higher. Casual positions do not qualify for the grant.
  • Be willing to return service for a period of twelve months.
  • Be a Manitoba nursing graduate.
  • Submit application forms and all documentation to the Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund, within 6 months of initial registration with their nursing college as an RN, RPN, LPN, or RNEP.

Recipients meeting the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for a grant in the amount of $4000.00.

Links/Resources:

  • Download Conditional Grant Policy PDF
  • Download Conditional Grant Application Form PDF [Acrobat version]
  • Download Conditional Grant Application Form MS-Word [MS-Word version]
  • Download Employer Verification of Incomplete Service Agreement

Note:
All Policies are currently under review/update will provide links once completed and approved

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.

All applications for NRRF Continuing Education funding must come from the Regional Continuing Education Committees. Please contact your RHA Nursing CME contact as outlined below in the NRRF Contacts section.

Reimbursement will be based on eligible expenditures, upon review of each report, and at the Department’s next available funding opportunity;

Reports are due within 30 days of the end of the each quarter, based on the fiscal year (April 30, July 31, October 31 and January 31). Reports must be sent within 30 days to ensure funding for the next quarter;

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living will not provide reimbursement for projected expenditures. The expenses have to have actually been incurred. Any over expenditures must have prior written approval.

Links/Resources:

  • Continuing Education Policy PDF
  • Appendix A – Continuing Education Committee – Terms of Reference PDF
  • Appendix B – Continuing Education Committee Membership Form MS-Word
  • Appendices C-D-E [MS-Excel]
  • Continuing Education Quarterly Financial Reporting Template (Tab 1)
  • Individual Education Activities Template (Tab 2)
  • Group Education Template (Tab 3)
  • Appendix F – Group Education Detailed Report MS-Word
  • Appendix G – Continuing Education Committee Report Check List MS-Word

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All Policies are currently under review/update will provide links once completed and approved

Specialty Programs/Projects

Targeting both the recruitment and retention of nurses, the Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund (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.

In partnership with a wide variety of nursing stakeholders, the NRRF has provided funding for numerous specialty nursing education programs and projects throughout the province. NRRF-allocated funds have gone to RHAs and educational institutes to develop programs, assisted with books and tuition costs, and provided stipends for nurses. A key way to retain nurses was through return of service commitments agreed to by the nurses. While all projects were integral to improving nursing resources throughout the province, NRRF funding varied based on the specific program, RHA and educational institute.

Links/Resources:

  • Specialty Programs/Projects – Policy PDF
  • Specialty Programs and Courses Reporting Template PDF
  • Specialty Programs and Courses Request for Funding Template

Note:
All Policies are currently under review/update will provide links once completed and approved

NRRF Contact

Shared Health

Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund (NRRF)NRRF FacilitatorWinnipeg, MBPhone: 1-877-681-4983nrrf@sharedhealthmb.ca

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