The final disbursements for education grants for the 2015/2016 funding cycle (which ended on March 31, 2016) will be completed before the end of April 2016. Applicants who submitted applications before April 1, 2016 will be notified of the final status of their applications before the end of April.

We are currently processing applications received between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Applicants who submit applications in this period will receive a notification by email as soon as the application is processed (depending on the volume of applications, this process may take between 4-6 weeks). Please note that due to a high volume of submissions, we are unable to confirm the receipt of applications or provide updates about the status of applications over the phone.

Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. All fields of the application form, including the CNO Registration Number and the Social Insurance Number, must be completed. The application form must include a handwritten signature. Late and/or incomplete applications will be declined. No exceptions will be made for late and/or incomplete applications. Applicants are required to keep copies of their application forms, supporting documents, and fax confirmations or courier/registered mail receipts (if applicable) for verification. Applicants who receive funding in the 2016 calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2016) will be mailed T4A tax forms in February, 2017. Applicants are asked to notify staff of address changes.

The Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) is a tuition reimbursement program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Grants are available to support nurses in continuing education to improve their nursing knowledge and skills. All nurses currently registered to practice in Ontario may apply. Nurses undertaking professional development activities may be eligible for education grant funding of up to $1,500 per fiscal year. Funding is allocated on a quarterly basis. The term of the current fiscal year is April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

In March 1999, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced the establishment of a nurse training and education fund for RPNs and RNs in response to the Nursing Task Force's earlier recommendations. The RPNAO is delighted to be involved in this initiative.

The fund is to be used to provide ongoing funding to nurses to increase their knowledge and professional skills to enhance quality of care and services provided within Ontario. Interest in the fund has grown tremendously in the past few years. Although an application may qualify for funding, not all nurses will receive funding due to the pressure on the fund.

Funding for the Nursing Education Initiative is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. All nurses registered in the province of Ontario are eligible to apply for NEI reimbursement funding. Click here to find more important information about the initiative.

All nurses currently registered to practice in the province of Ontario are eligible to apply for Nursing Education Initiative funding. Click here to read more about the NEI application process and to download an NEI application form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to find a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the Nursing Education Initiative, including questions and answers related to dates, supporting documentation, and the application procedure.


Click here to find contact information for the NEI program administered by the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.