Supporting

our physicians

Provincial Incentive Programs

Our range of incentive programs can help you evaluate your options as you choose a practice that suits your career goals, and transition into your new life in Nova Scotia.

Physician Tuition Relief Program

Graduates of Canadian Medical Schools are eligible to receive reimbursement for the tuition they paid during medical school up to a maximum of $120,000.  International Medical Graduates are eligible to receive reimbursement up to the maximum tuition level they would have paid at a Canadian Medical School.

Who is eligible?

  • Physicians/residents are eligible if they will be establishing a new full-time practice in Nova Scotia, in selected locations where an approved vacancy is available and where deliverables have been agreed to.
  • All physicians/residents (family physicians and specialists; graduates from both Canadian and international medical schools) are eligible to apply.
  • They can apply during residency or if currently practicing outside of Nova Scotia they can apply during the first seven years of practice after completing residency training, if they are establishing a practice as described above.

For further information contact lynda.campbell@novascotia.ca

Site Visit Program

This program helps you consider opportunities to practise medicine full time in rural communities outside the metro Halifax Regional Municipality of Nova Scotia.

It reimburses you (and your partner) for a one-time visit to a potential practice site.

You must

  • be eligible for a license in Nova Scotia
  • complete and submit a Site Visit Application Form to the Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • get approval from the Nova Scotia Health Authority prior to the visit

For further information contact physicianrecruit@nshealth.ca

Relocation Allowance

If you set up a full-time practice in the province in a rural community outside of the metro Halifax Regional Municipality, you can be reimbursed up to $5,000 for eligible moving expenses, including airfare, car rental, moving costs, and accommodation. These expenses must receive prior approval.

For further information contact physicianrecruit@nshealth.ca

Return of Service Bursaries for Family Medicine Residents

Family Medicine residents could receive a $60,000 bursary for establishing a practice in a rural Nova Scotia community outside of the metro Halifax Regional Municipality.

The return of service is for a three-year period in the agreed location.

Who is eligible?

  • Family Medicine residents in Canadian programs, including those enrolled in PGY3 in Emergency Medicine (CFPC Emergency Medicine Program)
  • Nova Scotians doing their Family Medicine residency in accredited programs in the U.S.
  • Fourth-year medical students from Nova Scotia

Bursary payments are as follows:

  • $10,000 on signing the return of service agreement and on provision of verification of a CaRMS/NRMP match in a Family Medicine residency training program
  • $20,000 on signing agreement regarding practice location and deliverables
  • $30,000 on starting a full-time practice in the agreed location

Note: residents/medical students with pre-existing return of service agreements/obligations are not eligible to apply.

For further information contact lynda.campbell@novascotia.ca

Debt-assistance Plan

If you choose to practise full time as a specialist or family physician in a rural Nova Scotia community, you could be eligible to receive between $20,000 and $45,000 in debt assistance for up to three years.

Who is eligible?

  • New medical school graduates in family practice or designated specialties
  • Graduates of medical schools in Atlantic Canada
  • Nova Scotia residents graduating from other Canadian medical schools

For further information contact lynda.campbell@novascotia.ca