Experienced Registered Nurses - Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program

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The PEI Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program provides incentives to experienced Registered Nurses to fill designated hard to recruit vacancies within Health PEI. 


Who is eligible for the PEI Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program?

Registered Nurses who:

  • graduated from a recognized Bachelor of Nursing program at least 24 months prior to the date of application to this program,
  • are not current residents of Prince Edward Island;
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • have experience working as a Registered Nurse;
  • are not currently working as a Registered Nurse in Prince Edward Island or have worked as a Registered Nurse in Prince Edward Island within the past 6 months; and
  • are eligible for registration with the College of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island.


A one-time financial incentive of $8,000 is available effective March 1, 2023. Start date of employment with Health PEI must be January 1, 2023 or later, and a return in service agreement must be signed and approved, with an effective date of January 1, 2023 or later.

Is there a return-in-service commitment?

Yes, there is a 1,950 working hour return-in-service agreement that must be signed by the applicant and the employer prior to the commencement of work.

Are these incentives taxable?

Yes, all financial incentives offered by the Department of Health and Wellness are taxable. As such, Canada Revenue Agency rules apply to incentive payments.

Rural Incentive Program

An additional one-time recruitment incentive of $5,000 is available for candidates who accept a position outside of Charlottetown.

  • 3,900 working hour return-in-service agreement completed simultaneously with the Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program return-in-service agreement.
  • Eligible locations include all areas outside of Charlottetown including but not limited to Summerside, Town of Three Rivers, East of Three Rivers and West of Summerside.


Eligible Incentive Programs Amount
Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program (Registered Nurse) $8,000
Rural Incentive Program $5,000
Total $13,000

Student Loan Incentive Program

A one-time financial incentive of up to $8,000 is available for candidates who accept a position within Charlottetown who clearly demonstrate: 


Eligible Incentive Programs Amount
Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program (Registered Nurse) $8,000
Student Loan Incentive Program $8,000
Total $16,000

What in high-demand vacancies exist?

These financial incentives only apply to positions designated by Health PEI as hard to recruit. Applicable postings will be clearly identified with nursing incentive language.

Application Process:

You can apply for Registered Nurse in high-demand positions online at Jobs PEI. You will need to complete these steps to submit an on-line application:

  1. Identify the competition number(s) for the position of interest;
  2. Create a Jobs PEI account using a valid email address and contact information;
  3. Apply for Health career opportunities by competition number using your Jobs PEI account.


Contact the Recruitment and Retention Secretariat of PEI for more information about employment opportunities and the Experienced Registered Nurse Recruitment Incentive program.

Email: healthrecruiter@gov.pe.ca



Date de publication : 
le 3 Mars 2023
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