ONA is pleased to offer its members and students a variety of financial aid and bursary opportunities.

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Each offer has different requirements and application deadlines. Read through the following selections for more information including eligibility requirements, deadlines and application forms.

Apply online now for the ONA Bursary! Deadline to apply is March 1.

For Members

Applicants must be ONA members with entitlements. Applications must be received at ONA by March 1 each calendar year. If the maximum number of bursaries has not been awarded, then applications received after March 1 will be considered. Successful applicants will be notified by mail within one month of the decision.

Applicants for the Glenna Rowsell Bursary Fund, the Occupational Health and Safety Scholarship, and the Human Rights and Equity Bursary Fund should fill out the following application form:

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Members can now apply online. Simply fill in the application, upload the relevant documents and press send.

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Additional details about specific awards and application requirements can be found below.

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Glenna Rowsell Bursary Fund

A registered nurse originally from Newfoundland, Glenna Rowsell was a well-respected leader in labour relations and nursing collective bargaining. Ms. Rowsell organized several nursing unions in many communities across Canada. She died in 1987. ONA honours her nursing labour relations legacy with the Glenna Rowsell Bursary Fund for members who wish to pursue education in labour relations.

Occupational Health and Safety Bursary

Five $1,000 bursaries are awarded each year to provide access to additional education for members to improve occupational health and safety in the workplace. The President and the Vice-President, Health and Safety Portfolio, serve as the selection team. Successful applicants will be notified within one month of the decision.

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. In addition to the standard eligibility requirements, applicants:

  • Must provide evidence that the program/activity relates to and promotes Human Rights and/or Equity issues.
  • Must explain how she/he plans to share the information obtained with other ONA members and the Human Rights & Equity Team.

If you have questions about the bursary or the application process please contact us at: Human Rights and Equity Team Ontario Nurses’ Association 85 Grenville Street, Suite 400 Toronto, ON M5S 3A2; Send a fax (attention to the Human Rights and Equity Team) at: (416) 964-8864; or Leave a message on the Human Rights and Equity Team voice-mail box: 1-800-387-5580 or (416) 964-8833, ext. 7768.

Apply online now for any of these bursaries.

Workers’ Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) Scholarships

The ONA Board of Directors has endorsed the Workers’ Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) as the occupational health and safety training centre of choice for ONA members. Each year the WHSC distributes a number of scholarships to various unions, depending on the number of WHSC training programs and workshops that a union has conducted throughout the previous year. These scholarships are for WHSC Level 2 Training or Instructor Training. In addition, the WHSC may offer scholarships for Instructor Upgrades.

When ONA is advised by WHSC of awarded scholarships, a letter will be sent from the Office of the President to known qualified ONA members to inform them of the upcoming training program/conference. Included with the letter will be the application form. The President and Vice-President, Health and Safety Portfolio, review the applications and make the scholarship selections. The application deadline will be determined by ONA for each scholarship provided by the WHSC.

The following are the mandatory eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be bona fide ONA members who serve as a health and safety representative for their bargaining unit.
  • Applicants must have completed the WHSC Level 1 Occupational Health and Safety training.  (Members wishing to obtain WHSC Level 1 training can contact the WHSC directly.)
  • Consideration will be given to awarding one scholarship per Region.
  • Applicants wanting additional financial support to obtain this training must request financial support from their Local and indicate such Local approval on their application form.
  • Applicants for the Instructor Upgrade scholarship must be a certified instructor for the WHSC.

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.

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.

Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) individual applications are currently available on the RNAO website at www.rnao.ca. 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 educationfunding@rnao.org.

Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario

The RNFOO is a charitable organization that provides financial support for nurses and nursing students in Ontario to help them further their educational studies, conduct nursing and health care research, and support community health initiatives. Visit their website for information about the available awards and scholarships.

For Students

Applicants for the ONA Scholarship and the CFNU Scholarship should fill out the following application form:

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NEW! Nursing Students: Apply online now!  Deadline to apply is July 1.

Additional details about specific awards and application requirements can be found below.

Ontario Nurses’ Association Scholarship (10 x $1,000)

The Ontario Nurses’ Association Scholarship Fund assists students in nursing programs in Ontario. Up to 10 scholarships at $1,000 each are available each year. Deadline for applying is July 1.

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. Subject to the ongoing availability of CFNU support, ONA will select one student per year to receive the CFNU scholarship based on the procedure identified below. Deadline is July 1 of each year.

The following are the mandatory eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must be an immediate family member of a bona fide ONA member. Immediate family shall be as defined in the ONA Hospital Central Collective Agreement and includes parent, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparent, grandparent of spouse or grandchild.
  • Applicants must be a first-time nursing student who is enrolled in an accredited nursing education program in Ontario in the current calendar year.
  • Applicants must be an Ontario resident.
  • Applicants must submit an essay (maximum 300 words) on the topic “The importance of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) for nurses”.
  • Successful applicants must agree to grant permission to CFNU and ONA to publish their name, picture and essay.

ONA will advise the CFNU once a recipient has been selected. The CFNU will then send the appropriate recognition letter and cheque to ONA for presentation to the recipient.

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. Visit the Johnson Inc. website for eligibility requirements and application details.