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Urban and Metro Recruitment Incentive

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A new financial incentive of up to $15,000 is now available to eligible employees for a 24-month return of service commitment to priority regular (permanent) vacancies. This incentive is time-limited and subject to approval.

Eligibility criteria

  • Eligible candidates = Eligible candidates are all Nurses (RNs, RPNs, and LPNs), Priority Allied Health professionals, Priority Facilities professionals and Priority Community Health professionals
  • Eligible candidates recruited into eligible vacancies will be eligible for a $15,000 incentive payment (pro-rated based on the FTE of the eligible vacancy).
  • Eligible candidates who qualify for the recruitment incentive will receive the incentive payment upon commencing employment. They will sign a Return of Service Attestation form and commit to completing a 24-month return of service.
  • Eligible candidates are new hires, including those from out of province, new graduates, or internationally educated nurses who have not held a regular position with another Health Authority, including First Nations Health Authority, or private/affiliate long-term assisted living employer in BC for 12 months prior to date of hire.
  • Eligible employees may include those who were internal casual employees after April 1st, 2024, have not held a regular position with a HEABC member employer, First Nation service provider, First Nations Health Authority, or private/affiliate long-term care/assisted living employer in B.C. for 12 months.
  • Nurses employed by third-party staffing agencies are eligible for the incentive if they meet the eligibility criteria above.

Eligible communities

The Urban and Metro Recruitment Incentive applies to eligible employees who are recruited into eligible vacancies in the following VCH communities:

  • North Shore
  • Vancouver
  • Richmond

Eligible positions

  1. All nurses (RNs, RPNs, and LPNs) have been identified as being included in the incentive program.
  2. The following occupations under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association have been identified as priority occupations for the purpose of the incentive program
    • Anesthesia Assistants
    • Cardiac Technologist
    • Clinical Counselor
    • Dietician
    • Environmental Health Officer
    • Medical Laboratory Technologist
    • Medical Radiation Technologies (Medical Radiation Technologists (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist, Radiation Therapist, Radiological Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, PET Technologist, CT Technologist)
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Perfusionist
    • Physiotherapist
    • Psychologist
    • Radiation Therapy Service Technologist
    • Radiology Service Technologist
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Social Worker
    • Sonographer
    • Speech Language Pathologist
  3. The following occupation under the Facilities Bargaining Association has been identified as a priority occupation for the purpose of the incentive program:
    • Rehab Assistants
  4.  The following occupations under the Community Bargaining Association have been identified as a priority occupation for the purpose of the incentive program:
    • Community Health Workers
    • Rehabilitation Assistants
    • Detox Worker 1
    • Detox Worker 2
    • Residence Coordinator
    • Support Worker 1
    • Support Worker 2
    • Program Coordinator

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