(Yellowknife, May 8, 2023) – Today the NTHSSA launched a new bursary program for Northern and Indigenous students in the Northwest Territories who are pursuing an education in a health and social services related field.
The NWT Health and Social Services System Bursary program aims to support NWT residents pursuing education and eventually careers in the health and social services field by providing financial support. Funding amounts differ depending on the program, ranging from $2,500 per year for those enrolled in a full-time diploma program up to $10,000 per year for those pursuing a medical degree. Applications open starting May 15, 2023, and will be accepted year-round, with an application deadline of June 30 each year.
This new bursary program is an intervention identified under the NWT Health and Social Services System Human Resources Plan and is part of a suite of actions that are intended to contribute to the sustainability of the health and social services workforce in the territory now and in the future. More information including program guidelines and application forms can be found at https://www.practicenwt.ca/en/nwt-health-and-social-services-bursary-program.
A bursary program that supports NWT students is a new measure that will be complemented by other actions the health and social services system is taking to support development of the workforce that include:
- Career fairs and take-your-kids to workdays (in person and virtual)
- The NWT Health and Social Services (HSS) Career Guide, updated annually and distributed to NWT students
- Clinical Observership and job shadowing programs
- Medical student practicums
- The Northern Family Medicine Resident program in partnership with the University of Alberta
“By developing the health and social services workforce, we are working to ensure that residents of the Northwest Territories have access to top quality services and receive the best possible care. This new bursary program is one of many initiatives that will help us support the education and career development of residents and recruit professionals into the territory’s health and social services field.”
Julie Green, Minister of Health and Social Services
“Supporting students as they pursue their education in health and social services fields is one part of our broader efforts to support a sustainable and vibrant current and future workforce in the NWT. These skills are in high-demand, and I truly believe the NWT is a great place to live and work while expanding your knowledge and practice in any chosen role within the fields of health and social services. I encourage everyone who qualifies to apply, study hard, and remember we are always hiring!”
Kimberly Riles, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority.
Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
TEL: 867-767-9107 ext. 40150