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Province offers free tuition for selected health care programs

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Cambrian College says it is part of a provincial initiative to attract more health care workers to the Greater Sudbury region.

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The government of Ontario has just launched the Ontario Learn and Stay grant.

The government will provide free tuition and funding for books and supplies for students enrolling in certain health care programs, such as nursing, practical nursing, paramedicine and medical laboratory technology.

“We think this is a great way to attract more people to these fields, particularly in under-served areas such as northeastern Ontario,” said Paula Gouveia, Cambrian’s VP of academics. “We’re very excited to be part of the Learn and Stay initiative.”

In return for the funding, students who graduate must commit to working in the region where they received their education. For every one year of schooling students complete under the granting program, they must work in the region for a six-month period.

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Funding will be converted to a repayable loan if certain conditions are not satisfied, including completing the service commitment.

The province’s Learn and Stay grant will now cover tuition and other costs for paramedic and medical laboratory technologist programs in return for individuals working in the region where they studied for two years.

The province launched the initiative last year for nursing programs.

Premier Doug Ford says it will help 2,500 post-secondary students.

Nursing programs in northern, eastern and southwestern Ontario are eligible, as are paramedic programs in Northern Ontario.

Medical laboratory technologist programs in northern and southwestern Ontario are also eligible.

For more information about the Ontario Learn and Stay grant, visit tinyurl.com/5ck7fsy9. To apply to the programs eligible for the learning grant, go to cambriancollege.ca/programs.

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