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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 fund provides ongoing funding to nurses to increase their knowledge and professional skills to enhance quality of care and services provided within Ontario.

If you are undertaking professional development course(s) and/or program(s) or conferences, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement up to $1,500. This funding can be used towards tuition, conference registration, or examination fees. Please note that proof of payment and successful completion must be submitted with the initial application package to be considered for reimbursement.

Applying for Funding

Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) individual applications are currently available on the RNAO website at

Health care employers who have paid for education for RNs and RPNs are also eligible for reimbursement. Employers are able to access their own "Employer Applications." The NEI employer application form is currently available on the RNAO website mentioned above.

For more information on the Nursing Education Initiative, please visit the RNAO website, call the FAQ line at 1-866-464-4405, the local number at (416) 907-7954 or e-mail us at

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