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Department of Health & Wellness 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 practicing in Nova Scotia 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.

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Return of Service Bursaries for Family Medicine Residents

Family Medicine residents could receive a $60,000 bursary for establishing a practice in Nova Scotia. 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 to practice in Nova Scotia in the agreed location.

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

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Debt-assistance Plan

If you choose to practice as a specialist or family physician in Nova Scotia, 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

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Nova Scotia Health Authority Programs

Site Visit Program

This program helps you consider opportunities to practice medicine in 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

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Relocation Allowance

You may be eligible for a relocation allowance to support your moving expenses.

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