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Financial Support (Bursaries)

Through Health Match BC, the Province will assist Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) pursuing RN registration with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives with financial support through bursaries. The bursaries will offset the costs of an IEN’s international credential assessment, English language testing, skill evaluation, and educational upgrading. Financial support for IENs ranges from $300 to approximately $16,000, depending on the assessments and/or upgrading required.

Internationally Educated Nurse Bursary Program

National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)

To help cover up to $1,200 CAD for fees related to the NNAS application.

BC College of Nurses & Midwives (BCCNM)

$300 for costs associated with the BCCNM application.

English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

Two BCCNM-acceptable English Language Proficiency Tests up to $400 for each attempt.

Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS)

A one-time payment of up to $3,000 CAD for the NCAS competency assessment application.

Applicants for this bursary may be eligible for a travel stipend of up to $1000 CAD to offset some of the costs associated with travel and accommodation, distance conditions will apply.

Transitional  Education

Up to $10,000 CAD for tuition fees related to education an IEN is referred to complete by the BCCNM.

Nurses advised by BCCNM to retake the BSN program in its entirety and LPNs that want to take RN upgrade education programs are not eligible for the Transitional Education bursary.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for one or more of the IEN bursaries applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have applied, and paid for registration with BCCNM, and have incurred costs on or after May 1, 2021. 
  2. Commit to a Return of Service (ROS) agreement with the BC Ministry of Health. 
  3. Have a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN). Applicants without a valid SIN may be eligible for bursary support, but will not receive payment until they have a valid Canadian SIN. 
  4. NOT currently hold (or have previously held) registration as a Nurse in any other province or territory in Canada. 
  5. BC must be the only province or territory that the applicant has applied for registration as a Nurse. If the applicant has active applications for registration in any other Canadian province or territory, those applications must be withdrawn. 
  6. Completed the BCCNM registration process on or after May 1, 2022. 

Please register to receive all detailed information about bursary eligibility, Return of Service, application process, required documentation, as well as other important information as it becomes available. If you have already registered, we will contact you when new information is available. Helpful information is also available in the Financial Supports (Bursaries) and Return of Service sections of our FAQs.

Note: This information is subject to change. For the most up to date information, please contact us.