Overview

The Ontario Learn and Stay Grant provides funding for students studying in priority programs in priority communities in Ontario. This new program, launching in Spring 2023:

  • encourages you to learn and work in the region where you study
  • is designed to respond to labour market needs
  • will help communities get the workers they need for in-demand professions

The funding will cover the costs of:

  • tuition and fees
  • books
  • other direct educational costs (for example, supplies, equipment)

You can also apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to help pay for other expenses, such as living costs.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this grant, you must:

  • apply to at least one of the eligible programs
  • be an Ontario resident who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • enrol in an eligible diploma, advanced diploma, undergraduate, masters or post-graduate program in a priority community
  • commit to work in that region when you graduate

Service commitment

To receive this grant, you need to fulfill a service commitment. This means you are required to work in the region where you studied for a minimum of six months for every year of study funded by this grant.

For example, if your program of study is four years long, and you received the Ontario Learn and Stay Grant for each year that you studied, you must work in the region for 24 months (two years) after graduation.

If you do not fulfill your service commitment, your funding will be converted to a repayable loan.

How to apply

Applications for the grant will be available online or through a paper application in Spring 2023 for eligible programs, institutions and regions of study beginning in 2023–2024.

Paper applications will be available at the financial aid office of the postsecondary institution you plan to attend.

Further information on the online application process will be available with the launch of the program in Spring 2023.

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After you apply

If you apply online, you will be able to check the status of your application as soon as you submit it.

You'll find out:

  • if your application has been processed
  • if you have any documents you need to provide
  • if you or your school have to provide information
  • how much money you'll receive
  • when your money will be available

If you apply with a paper application, the ministry will mail you information about the status of your application.

Eligible programs, institutions and regions

Eligible programs, institutions and regions for the 2023–2024 academic year are available for select nursing, paramedic and medical laboratory technology/medical laboratory science at the diploma, advanced diploma, undergraduate, masters and post-graduate levels.

Diploma and advanced diploma programs

Practical Nursing

  • Algonquin College, Ottawa
  • Collège Boréal, Sudbury
  • Cambrian College, Sudbury
  • Canadore College, North Bay
  • Confederation College, Thunder Bay
  • Fanshawe College, London
  • La Cité Collégiale, Ottawa
  • Lambton College, Sarnia
  • Loyalist College, Belleville
  • Northern College, Timmins
  • Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Clair College, Windsor
  • St. Lawrence College, Kingston

Paramedic

  • 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, 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

  • Cambrian College, Sudbury
  • Canadore College, North Bay
  • Fanshawe College, London
  • La Cité Collégiale, Ottawa
  • Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
  • Lambton College, Sarnia
  • Laurentian University, Sudbury
  • Loyalist College, Belleville
  • Nipissing University, North Bay
  • Northern College, Timmins
  • Queen's University, Kingston
  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa
  • Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie
  • St. Clair College, Windsor
  • St. Lawrence College, Kingston
  • Western University, London
  • University of Windsor, Windsor


Master's programs

Master's programs for nursing at the following institutions:

  • Lakehead University, Thunder Bay
  • Laurentian University, Sudbury
  • Queen's University, Kingston
  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa
  • Western University, London
  • University of Windsor, Windsor

Specific program names coming soon.


Postgraduate programs

Postgraduate (post-Masters) Nursing Diploma programs at the following institutions:

  • Queen's University, Kingston
  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa
  • University of Windsor, Windsor

Specific program names coming soon.