GN to pay thousands in bonuses to keep health-care workers – Nunatsiaq News

Nov 20, 2023

Nurses in Nunavut’s most remote communities to get $19,500 annual salary top-up

The Government of Nunavut is offering thousands of dollars in bonuses to its health-care employees and future hires — above what’s already included in its contract with unionized workers — in a bid to recruit and retain workers.

In a memorandum of understanding signed on Nov. 10, nurses will receive annual salary top-ups ranging from $11,625 to  $19,500, depending on the size of their health centre.

There are also hourly premiums of $10 per hour for difficult-to-recruit positions, such as community health nurse, nurse practitioner, public health nurse, psychiatric nurse, mental health consultant and midwife. Those premiums rise to $15 per hour for these positions in communities designated as “difficult” to staff. The MOU does not list which communities fall under this designation.

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