Financial Aid & Bursaries

ONA is pleased to offer its members a variety of financial aid and bursary opportunities. Please note that each offer has different requirements and application deadlines. Read through the following selections, and click on the titles to read more information.

The Ontario Nurses' Association recently updated its policy regarding its bursaries. In part, the policy states that applicants must agree to provide a written report to the Provincial President within 30 days of completion of the education/outreach. Read the policy here.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Glenna Rowsell Bursary Fund

Applications must be received at ONA by March 1. Successful applicants will be notified by mail within one month of the decision by the Committee.

Occupational Health and Safety Scholarships

Read about the ONA Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship, and our Workers’ Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) Scholarships. The application deadline is March 1 of each fiscal year, until the funds have been depleted.

Human Rights and Equity Bursary Fund

There are five annual bursaries of $1,000 each, with additional bursaries made available from time to time subject to the availability of revenue within the fund and the discretion of the Team.

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) Scholarship

This fund is intended to assist students in accredited nursing education programs throughout Canada. It is hoped that students who avail themselves of these scholarships will show leadership within the Canadian Student Nurses Association and ONA. ONA is entitled to one of the ten $1,000 student scholarships awarded each year.

Nursing Education Initiative

In March 1999, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established a nurse training and education fund for RNs and RPNs in response to the Nursing Task Force’s earlier recommendations. The Nursing Education Initiative provides reimbursement to nurses for professional development courses/programs that increase their knowledge and professional skills to enhance quality of care and services provided within Ontario.

Johnson Inc. Scholarship Fund

The Johnson Scholarships were established in 1998 and are funded by the Corporate Leadership Team. Johnson Inc. offers 100 scholarships annually, valued at $1,500 each. Canadian residents who are completing high school and beginning their post-secondary studies in Canada are eligible for these scholarships.


Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario

The Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) offers a variety of scholarships for which ONA members may qualify. The deadline for applications has now passed. Look for a call for applications in 2014.

Johnson Inc Health Care of Ontario Pension Plan CNSA-AEIC Canadian Federation of Nurses Union Canadian Labour Congress
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