Quebec to offer nurses bonuses of up to $18K to end staffing crisis – CBC

Province hopes its plan, which will cost $1B, will attract 4,300 nurses back to public system

Sep 23, 2021

The Quebec government has announced it will provide nurses with financial bonuses of up to $18,000 as part of its emergency plan to fix the staffing crisis in the province’s health-care network.

Bonuses of $15,000 will go to full-time nurses and part-time nurses in the public system who are willing to work full-time, and nurses who have quit will get $12,000 if they come back, Premier François Legault announced Thursday afternoon. Nurses in regions particularly hard hit by the pandemic could receive bonuses of $18,000.

He said the plan would cost close to $1 billion, but that the government had to offer financial incentives as thousands of exhausted workers fled the system during the pandemic.

“Nurses have taken care of us for a long time. It’s time we take care of them,” Legault said.

Health Minister Christian Dubé said only 60 per cent of nurses in the public system work full-time, adding that this is “not enough.”

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