Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Education Funding

Nursing Education Initiative Grant Program

RNs and NPs registered to practise in Ontario and employed in a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) priority area may be eligible for a Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) grant to support their education and professional development.

Eligible education:

  • Core courses of baccalaureate programs in nursing or graduate level courses leading to a master's degree or PhD in nursing or related discipline, and provided by an accredited college or university (must be on OSAP list)
  • Courses that lead to a specialty certificate in a nursing program related to an MOHLTC identified priority clinical specialty, and provided by an accredited college or university (must be on OSAP list)
  • Professional development courses and workshops, delivered in Ontario, in clinical, management or leadership areas identified on the MOHLTC priority clinical specialty list and that are three days or more in duration

Key Information

  • Apply online.
  • Monitor the status of your application online.
  • Apply within 90 days of the last day of education: funds are limited, and late applications will not be considered.
  • The grant amount is calculated based on the tuition paid (yearly maximum $1,500) according to the criteria provided by the MOHLTC.
  • The amount paid in grant(s) is subject to income tax and T4As are issued to recipients for the year in which the grant(s) were paid.
  • RNs and NPs employed in one of the MOHLTC priority areas are eligible


Applications must be completed using the secure online form on You do not need to be an RNAO member to register for a free account on myRNAO.
Once you have applied, you can monitor the status of your application(s) by logging in to your myRNAO account.

Other eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants can access a maximum of $1,500 in grants per year.
  • The grant calculation will only consider the tuition paid for the course. Other expenses such as books, course material, salary replacement, student fees, travel, meals, and accommodations are not eligible expenses for the grant.
  • Completed applications must be received within 90 days of the completion of the course.
  • The course must meet the MOHLTC eligibility rules below and is subject to the MOHLTC priorities.
  • Program criteria can change without notice.
  • Applicants must be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario and entitled to practise as RNs or NPs, both at the time of their application and while participating in the education session.

Grant calculation method

Grant calculation will be applied according to a pre-set algorithm (please see examples below):

  • The application will be scored according to the MOHLTC criteria.
  • A previous funding adjustment factor will be applied to take into account Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) grants received by the applicant in the previous year.
  • A funds availability factor will be applied to take into account the funds available for the volume of eligible applications received.

Grant calculation examples