Financial Incentives for Physicians

Effective January 2019

Financial incentives are designed to attract and retain physicians to designated areas on Prince Edward Island. To be eligible, physicians must be relocating from out of province or be a participant in the PEI Family Medicine Residency Training Program and not presently in another return-in-service commitment. Return-in-service (RIS) grants and moving reimbursement incentives may be available.

Return-in-Service Grants

Family Medicine Physicians

A Family Medicine physician is provided a financial grant with a return-in-service commitment (for positions in designated areas of Prince Edward Island) up to a maximum of $90,000 (location dependent). Designated geographic areas include the City of Summerside and areas west of Summerside; and east of the Town of Three Rivers. Excluded locations include the City of Charlottetown and the Towns of Stratford and Cornwall. To learn more about RIS commitments, please contact  

Specialist Physicians

Specialist physicians may be eligible for a $40,000 return-in-service grant with a three (3) year return in service commitment. 

Specialty positions, which become vacant, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and a decision on eligibility will be made depending on the labour market demand.

For anesthetists and psychiatrists, qualified and licensable candidates may be eligible for a return in service grant of $80,000 with a 4 year (7,800 hour) commitment.

Note: Physicians are only eligible to receive one (1) financial incentive grant.

Moving Expense Reimbursement

Physicians who are relocating to Prince Edward Island may receive reimbursement of eligible moving expenses up to $10,000, attached to a three-year return-in-service agreement with Health PEI.

To learn more about moving expenses, send an email to the Recruitment & Retention Secretariat

Published date: 
January 1, 2019
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General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness

Recruitment and Retention Secretariat

3rd Floor, Sullivan Building
16 Fitzroy Street, PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-620-3874
Fax: 902-620-3875