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Saskatchewan Rural and Remote Recruitment Incentive

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1. Program Overview

  • The Ministry of Health is implementing a one-time rural and remote recruitment incentive of up to $50,000 for individuals hired into high-priority classifications in rural and remote locations.
  • The incentive is a one-time incentive allocated over three years to new permanent full-time employees of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) or an Affiliate in one of nine high-priority classifications in one of the rural or remote locations listed below:
High-Priority Classifications
Registered Nurse Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Nurse Practitioner Combined Lab & X-ray Technicians
Licensed Practical Nurses Medical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Radiation Technologists Medical Laboratory Assistants
Continuing Care Assistants  

Rural and Remote Locations
(As of November, 2022 and subject to change based on condition of service)
Arcola Humboldt Leader North Battleford Tisdale
Assiniboia Ile-A-La-Crosse Lloydminster Outlook Turtleford
Biggar Indian Head Maidstone Prince Albert Unity
Big River Kamsack Maple Creek Radville Wadena
Broadview Kelvington Meadow Lake Redvers Watrous
Canora (CEC) Kipling Melfort Rosetown Weyburn
Esterhazy Kindersley Melville Rosthern Wilkie
Estevan La Loche Moose Jaw Shaunavon (CEC) Wolseley
Gravelbourg La Ronge Moosomin Shellbrook Wynyard
Herbert Lanigan Nipawin Swift Current Yorkton
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2. Eligibility

  • Applicants must be:
    • A new permanent full-time employee of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) or an Affiliate who has started employment on or after September 7, 2022; or
    • A employee who retired before September 7, 2022, who is entering employment with the SHA or an Affiliate; or
    • An individual who has completed an education program in one of the nine high priority classifications while working for the SHA or Affiliate; or
    • A former employee of the SHA/Affiliate who left their employment prior to September 7, 2022 and is returning to a permanent full-time position in one of the high priority classifications and eligible locations; or
    • An employee of the SHA/Affiliate who is awaiting the required license to practice in one of the high priority classifications. Awards will be disbursed upon proof of licensure; or
    • A health-care worker who received and signed a letter of offer prior to September 7, 2022 and began employment on or after September 7, 2022; or
    • A health-care worker who has a work permit and is legally entitled to work in Canada for the term of the return-in-service; AND
    • Is employed in one of the high-priority classifications in one of the rural and remote areas of the province identified above.
  • Positions that are eligible for this incentive can be found at Health Careers in Sask.
  • Applicants NOT eligible:
    • Current employees of the SHA, an Affiliate or the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency who are not students; and
    • Recruits from the SHA Philippines International Recruitment Initiative.
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3. Funding

  • The Saskatchewan Rural and Remote Recruitment Incentive is allocated as follows:
    • A $50,000 recruitment incentive allocated over three years (Y1 $20,000, Y2 $15,000, Y3 $15,000) to new full-time registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse and nurse practitioner employees hired by the SHA or an Affiliate in eligible rural and remote areas of the province with a three-year return-in-service (RIS) agreement;
    • A $40,000 recruitment incentive allocated over three years (Y1 $15,000, Y2 $15,000, Y3 $10,000) to new full-time combined lab and x-ray technicians, licensed practical nurses, medical laboratory technologists and medical radiation technologists employees hired by the SHA or an Affiliate in eligible rural and remote areas of the province with a three-year RIS agreement; and
    • A $30,000 recruitment incentive allocated over three years (Y1 $15,000, Y2 $10,000, Y3 $5,000) to new full-time continuing care assistants and medical laboratory assistants or new graduates receiving the Graduate Retention Program (GRP) hired by the SHA or an Affiliate in eligible rural and remote areas of the province with a three-year RIS agreement.
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4. Application

Rural and Remote Recruitment Incentive Application

  • Applications are now open and will close March 1, 2023, or while funds last.
  • Applications must be submitted via email to hhr@health.gov.sk.ca, Attention: Marnee Benson. No photos of an application form will be accepted.
  • Applications must include:
    • The completed application form;
    • A copy of the employee’s signed letter of offer from the SHA or an Affiliate; and
    • A copy of the work permit (if applicable).

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5. Notification Process

  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
  • Within four to six weeks of receipt of an application, applicants will be notified of the outcome by email.
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6. Requirements of Recipients

  • Successful applicants will be provided a three-year Return-in-Service (RIS) Agreement.
  • RIS Agreements must be signed and returned as soon as possible for processing. The first funding allocation will be issued within two to four weeks after receipt of the signed Agreement.
  • 11 months following the award of year one of the incentive, recipients and the SHA or Affiliate will be contacted to confirm employment and determine eligibility for the year two payment. Eligibility for year three payments will be assessed 11 months after the year two payment.
  • Failure to fulfill the RIS agreement may result in default of the agreement. If it is determined that there is default of the agreement, next steps for repayment and/or discontinuance of the RIS will be determined.
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7. Contact Information

If you require any further information, please contact hhr@health.gov.sk.ca.

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