Retaining and hiring more nurses is one more way Ontario is creating a stronger health care workforce so that patients can access the care they need, when they need it.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have stayed on the front lines with remarkable dedication and selflessness as they care for our sick and most vulnerable Ontarians.  

A strong nursing workforce is crucial to supporting the province’s recovery in the months and years ahead. That’s why our government is investing $763 million to provide Ontario’s nurses with a lump sum retention incentive of up to $5,000 per person. 

This payment will help to retain nurses across the health sector and stabilize the current nursing workforce during this critical time to ensure patients continue to access the health care they need and deserve.

Nurses protect public health each and every day, and an investment in them is an investment in a stronger Ontario.