Health | Offensive to prepare the next generation in the region

In order to support students and thus promote the attraction of health workers in our region, scholarships and training programs are offered in health and social services.

“These are scholarship programs that already exist, but need some publicity. We want to make sure that people who are thinking about their career choice are familiar with these opportunities,” explains Sandra Fréchette, director of human resources at the James Bay Regional Health and Social Services Center.

There are several types of regional and provincial scholarships that could facilitate access to a profession in the health field. The regional scholarship constitutes the basic programme. These are amounts that vary according to the level (college or university) and the year (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th and more) of studies. Depending on the number of applications received and the level of education obtained, each selected student could receive an annual scholarship of up to $5,000 in exchange for a commitment to work for the CRSSS de la Baie-James in one of the facilities in the region where the need is present.

The national scholarship is offered to students in one of the last two years of their final program. In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the CRSSS de la Baie-James pays the student an amount of $15,000 for each year, in two installments of $7,500, in September and January. . The scholarship can therefore total $30,000 and the student must commit to working full-time for three years (36 months) in his field of training.

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The Quebec government has also implemented measures to act in a targeted manner on certain job titles in the health and social services sector, in particular beneficiary attendants, nurses, nursing assistants or administrative officers. Accelerated training and scholarships are available.

The Assistance to the person in establishment and at home program is offered at the CFPBJ with a grant that can reach $7,500 for eligible people. Accelerated training to become a registered nurse or practical nurse is offered in the fall with scholarship opportunities of up to $20,000. College training for nurses and educators is also available in September, training given by the Center d’études collégiales in Chibougamau and colleges in Abitibi-Témiscamingue with, again, up to an amount of $9,000 which could be paid to students.

For information, visit the Perspective Québec and CRSSSBJ websites.