Canada Student Loan forgiveness for family doctors and nurses - Eligibility
You can apply for loan forgiveness while you are in study. You can also apply if you are in repayment or in your 6 month non-repayment period.
To be eligible for Canada Student Loan forgiveness you must:
- have started your employment as a medical professional (full-time, part-time or casual) in an eligible community, on or after July 1, 2011
- have been employed for a full year and provided in-person services for a minimum of 400 hours in an eligible community (does not apply to residents in family medicine)
- have a Canada Student Loan that is in good standing
Note: If you are repaying your loan, you must continue to make your regular monthly payments.
Eligible medical professionals
- family doctor
- family medicine resident in training with an accredited medical school in Canada
- registered nurse
- registered psychiatric nurse
- registered practical nurse
- licensed practical nurse, or
- nurse practitioner
Eligible under-served rural or remote communities
An under-served rural or remote community is one located outside of:
- metropolitan areas
- areas with an urban core population of 50 000 or more, and
- provincial capitals
Verify if a community is designated by using our postal code lookup tool.
Note: You can work in multiple rural or remote communities during the year. You must however, complete at least 400 hours total of in-person service over the 12-month period. As long as you continue to work in an eligible rural or remote community, you may work for multiple employers.
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