Harper government improves health care in rural communities through student loan forgiveness

Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 13, 2013—The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), today highlighted the success of the Government of Canada’s student loan forgiveness program for family doctors and nurses who work, and improve health care, in rural and remote communities.

“Our government is committed to improving access to health care in rural and remote communities,” said Minister Bergen. “Through our student loan forgiveness program, we are contributing to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and prosperity. We encourage more health care professionals to work in these communities to improve the overall health of Canadians.”

Since April 2013, over 1 150 family doctors and nurses have benefitted from Student Loan Forgiveness. Under the Canada Student Loan Forgiveness for Family Doctors and Nurses initiative, family doctors and residents in family medicine could receive up to $8,000 per year in Canada Student Loan forgiveness, to a maximum of $40,000 over five years. Nurses and nurse practitioners could have up to $4,000 per year forgiven, to a maximum of $20,000 over five years.

By offering this support, the Government of Canada is improving primary health care in designated remote or rural communities across Canada.

Post-secondary education is vital to Canada’s economic growth and future prosperity. The Government of Canada’s support for post-secondary education is helping Canadians get the right education, skills and training to find good jobs and contribute to their communities.