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Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists

The Saskatchewan Student Loan Forgiveness Program for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists encourages veterinary professionals to work in rural areas of the province.

NEW - program eligibility has been expanded to include mobile/ambulatory livestock services in a rural designated community.

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1. Benefits

The Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists program is intended to encourage veterinarians and veterinary technologists to practice in under-served rural or remote communities by forgiving a portion of Saskatchewan Student Loans.

The amount of eligible forgiveness you could receive is calculated annually and is paid as a reduction to your provincial student loan. Veterinarians and veterinary technologists will receive forgiveness of one-fifth (20%) of their outstanding Saskatchewan Student Loan debt, up to $4,000 annually, for up to five years, to a maximum of $20,000.

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2. Eligibility

To be eligible for Saskatchewan Student Loan Forgiveness, you need to have:

  • Started your current employment (full-time, part-time, or casual) as an eligible veterinarian or veterinary technologist in a designated rural or remote community, or in combination with livestock services in designated communities, on or after January 1, 2021;
  • Been employed for a full year (12 consecutive months) in a designated community. You also must be new to the profession or new to the community;
  • Provided services for a minimum of 400 hours in that community (see Scenario 1 in application form), or in combination with livestock services in designated communities (Scenario 2);
  • A valid license to practice in Saskatchewan as a:
    • Veterinarian
    • Veterinary Technologist
  • A Saskatchewan Student Loan in repayment (or in your grace period) and in good standing; and
  • Submitted an application form within 90 days of completing your year of service.

It is acceptable to work in multiple designated communities during the year as long as you complete a minimum of 400 hours of service over 12 consecutive months.

Saskatchewan Loan Forgiveness is not restricted to newly graduated veterinarians and veterinary technologists. However, in order to qualify you must have begun work in a designated rural or remote community on or after January 1, 2021. Your employer must also attest to this on your application. Please indicate if you work in a self-employed practice – supporting documentation may be requested.

If you have any questions about eligibility, the application process or administration of the Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists program, please contact the National Student Loans Service Centre toll free at 1-888-815-4514.

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3. How To Apply

After you have completed 12 consecutive months, as outlined above, you have 90 days to apply for loan forgiveness. If the National Student Loan Service Centre does not receive your application within the 90 days, it will be denied.

After each year of service, you must re-apply for the benefit. A reminder letter will be sent to you each year, as long as records indicate you would be eligible. You must complete each year of loan forgiveness before you can re-apply for a subsequent year.

Application Deadline

Once you have completed a year of service in a designated community, you have 90 days to apply for loan forgiveness. For example, for an employment period of January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021, you would have until March 31, 2022, to submit an application for that period.

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4. Apply

Download Application

The veterinary professional may work in one designated community (Scenario 1) or provide mobile/ ambulatory services related to livestock or large animals (Scenario 2) for clients in other designated communities, or a combination of both Scenario 1 and 2.

Example A - Scenario #1 only - services in a designated community: a veterinary professional provides all eligible clinic services in a designated community (less than 10,000 population). The applicant would show 400 hours of clinic services over 12 months.

Example B - Scenario #2 only - mobile livestock services: a veterinary professional provides clinic services based in a larger community that is ineligible/not designated (population is greater than 10,000), such as the urban city of Regina. However, the professional also provides eligible mobile livestock services on a farm several miles from the clinic in a nearby Rural Municipal area. The applicant would show 400 hours of mobile services over 12 months (with a start and end date).

Example C - Combination of Scenario #1 AND #2 - a veterinary professional provides eligible services in a designated community (less than 10,000 population). Services are provided in the clinic, as well as mobile/ ambulatory livestock services on a cattle farm several miles from the clinic but in the same or nearby Rural Municipal area. Loan forgiveness periods under Scenario 1 and 2 can be combined to meet the 12-month requirement. (i.e., first 5 months under scenario 1 and last 7 months under scenario 2). The applicant may submit 300 hours of services in the clinic and 100 hours for mobile livestock services (with a start and end date) in the outlying area under a different postal code. Total services provided is 400 hours over 12 months and may involve two different postal codes.

To apply, forward the completed Saskatchewan Student Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists Application by mail or fax to:

National Student Loans Service Centre
P.O. Box 4030
Mississauga, ON L5A 4M4

Fax: 1-888-815-4657
Toll Free: 1-888-815-4514

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5. Further Information

Your Responsibilities

During your year of service before you can apply, you must make regular monthly payments on your Canada-Saskatchewan Student Loan. Note that the Saskatchewan forgiveness amount is only calculated on the Saskatchewan loans portion and does not include the Canada loan portion. Once your application for loan forgiveness has been approved, your Saskatchewan Student Loan balance will be reduced. Your monthly payments will also be reduced. If you do not wish your monthly payments to be reduced, you can opt out of this reduction when you apply. Federal funding represents the greater part of the initial student loan funding. Payment amounts will be prorated and applied to the loan balances. Information about your student loan balances, including the Canada and Saskatchewan portions, will be provided in your initial assessment letter and updated on your student portal account. Applicants on the Repayment Assistance Plan may also be eligible for loan forgiveness.

Break in Service

You are not eligible for loan forgiveness if you leave a designated community before the year of service is complete. However, you may change a designated community provided you re-establish employment in another designated community. A break in service is permitted up to 31 days for relocation.

Sick, Compassionate or Parental Leave

You remain eligible for loan forgiveness if your leave is less than one month and you are able to complete a minimum of 400 hours of service over 12 consecutive months.

If your leave is longer than one month and/or prevented you from completing the 400 hours of service, you may still be eligible if the leave was because of an illness, childbirth or to care for a family member. You must have received at least one of the following Employment Insurance (EI) benefits:

  • Maternity benefits
  • Parental benefits
  • Sickness benefits
  • Compassionate care benefits
  • Benefit for parents of critically ill children

If you had a break in service and received Employment Insurance benefits, you will need to complete the Break in Service, EI consent section in the application. This consent allows the program administrator to contact the EI office to verify your EI benefits.

If you have any questions about eligibility, the application process or administration of the Loan Forgiveness for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technologists program, please contact the National Student Loans Service Centre toll free at 1-888-815-4514.

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