Quebec spends $100 million to keep nurses in public sector

Incentives include annual bonuses for new and mature nurses
||Last Updated: 07/23/2010

The Quebec government is pumping $100 million into incentive programs to keep nurses working in the public sector.

The province hopes the incentives will reduce the temptation for nurses to leave the public sector in favour of well-paying private agencies, said Health Minister Yves Bolduc.

The program includes annual bonuses of $3,000 for three years for graduating nurses who commit to work a certain number of hours in the public health-care sector and $2,000 for graduating nurse practitioners.