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Ontario students can study to become a nurse or paramedic for free

Provincial Learn and Stay Grant offers free tuition to Ontario residents enrolled in certain health-care programs

Are you an Ontario resident looking to get into the health-care field? You could be eligible for free tuition to study nursing at eligible institutions within the province.

The Ontario Learn and Stay Grant will provide free tuition for students enrolling in certain Ontario health care programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition to providing free tuition, the funding will cover the cost of compulsory fees, books and other direct educational costs.

Students who receive the grant must commit to working in the region where they studied. For every year of schooling students complete under the grant program, they must work in the region for a six-month period, the release states. 

Students enrolling in the undergraduate nursing programs in French or English will be eligible.

Eligible programs, institutions and regions

The following programs, institutions and campus locations offering nursing, paramedic and medical laboratory technology/medical laboratory science at the diplomaundergraduatemasters and post-graduate levels will be eligible for the 2023–2024 academic year.

Diploma programs

Practical Nursing

  • Algonquin College: Perth, Pembroke, Ottawa
  • Collège Boréal: Sudbury, Timmins, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Nipissing, Windsor
  • Cambrian College: Sudbury
  • Canadore College: North Bay, Parry Sound
  • Confederation College: Atikokan, Dryden, Fort Frances, Kenora, Longlac, Marathon, Nipigon, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay
  • Fanshawe College: London, Woodstock
  • Georgian College: Owen Sound
  • La Cité Collégiale: Ottawa
  • Lambton College: Sarnia
  • Loyalist College: Belleville
  • Northern College: Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Timmins
  • Sault College: Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Clair College: Windsor, Chatham
  • St. Lawrence College: Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston


  • Collège Boréal: Sudbury
  • Cambrian College: Sudbury
  • Confederation College: Thunder Bay
  • CTS Canadian Career College Inc.: Sudbury
  • CTS Canadian Career College Inc.: North Bay
  • CTS Canadian Career College Inc.: Sault Ste. Marie
  • Northern College: James Bay Education Centre Campus in Moosonee, Timmins
  • Seven Generations Education Institute (partnered with Durham College): Fort Frances, Kenora

Medical Laboratory Technology/ Medical Laboratory Science

  • Cambrian College: Sudbury
  • St. Clair College: Windsor

Undergraduate programs

Bachelor or Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Algonquin College: Ottawa, Pembroke (collaborative with University of Ottawa)
  • Cambrian College: Sudbury (stand-alone and collaborative with Laurentian)
  • Canadore College: North Bay
  • Confederation College: Thunder Bay
  • Fanshawe College: London
  • Georgian College: Owen Sound
  • La Cité Collégiale: Ottawa
  • Lakehead University: Thunder Bay
  • Lambton College: Sarnia
  • Laurentian University: Sudbury (three stand-alone programs, one English and two French, and one collaborative with Northern College)
  • Loyalist College: Belleville
  • Nipissing University: North Bay
  • Northern College: Timmins (collaborative with Laurentian University)
  • Queen's University: Kingston (one regular and one accelerated standing track)
  • University of Ottawa: Ottawa (two stand-alone in Ottawa and three collaborative with Algonquin College in Ottawa and Pembroke)
  • Sault College: Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Clair College: Windsor and Chatham (collaborative with University of Windsor)
  • St. Lawrence College: Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
  • Western University: London (Nursing Compressed Program and regular program collaborative with Fanshawe College)
  • University of Windsor: Windsor (stand-alone) and Chatham (collaborative with St. Clair College)

Master's programs

Master's programs for nursing at the following institutions:

  • Lakehead University: Thunder Bay
    • Master of Public Health: Nurse Practitioner Specialization
    • Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner Specialization
    • Master of Nursing: Advanced Practice
  • Laurentian University: Sudbury
    • Master's in Nursing (MSc)
    • Nurse Practitioner MSc Nursing
    • Advanced Practice Nursing Stream: MSc Nursing
  • Queen's University: Kingston
    • Master of Nursing Science
    • Master of Nursing (Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner)
  • University of Ottawa: Ottawa
    • Master of Science Nursing
    • Master of Nursing
  • Western University: London
    • MSCN: Master of Science in Nursing
    • Master of Nursing – Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • University of Windsor: Windsor
    • Master of Science in Nursing (MScN)
    • Masters of Nursing (MN) – Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner

Postgraduate programs

Postgraduate (post-Master's) Nursing Diploma programs at the following institutions:

  • Queen's University: Kingston
    • Nurse Practitioner Diploma
  • Western University: London
    • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Diploma
  • University of Windsor: Windsor
    • Graduate Diploma: Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner

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