Ontario Learn and Stay Grant

The Ontario Learn and Stay Grant provides funding for students studying in priority programs in priority communities in Ontario. Eligible students will receive full, upfront funding for tuition, books and other direct educational costs in return for working and caring for people in the region where they studied for a term of service after they graduate.

Applications for the grant will be available online or through a paper application in Spring 2023 for programs beginning in 2023–2024.


To be eligible for this grant, you must:

  • Successfully apply to and enrol in an eligible program in a priority community.
  • Be an Ontario resident who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person.
  • Commit to work in the region where you studied when you graduate.

Eligible Programs

Practical Nursing

  • Campus: This program is available in our KingstonBrockville and Cornwall campuses
  • Credential: Ontario College Diploma
  • Program length: 2 extended years


  • Placements in a variety of health care settings including a 400-hour clinical consolidation placement in semester 5.
  • Hands-on simulated learning experiences in a simulation lab.
  • Graduates are eligible to write the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Registration Exam.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Campus: This program is available in our KingstonBrockville and Cornwall campuses)
  • Credential: Degree
  • Program length: 4 years


  • Students will have placements in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Strong ties with local health care agencies that support student and new graduate employment.
  • Graduates from these programs are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse in Ontario.


In addition to providing free tuition, the funding will cover the cost of:

  • Compulsory fees
  • Books
  • Other direct educational costs (for example, supplies, equipment)

You can also apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to help pay for other expenses, such as living costs.

To be eligible for this grant, you must successfully apply to and enrol in one of the eligible programs. 

Visit the program pages of the programs that are eligible for this grant at St. Lawrence College to learn more about admission requirements, information about the campus of your choice and program highlights:

Applications for the grant will be available online or through a paper application in Spring 2023 for eligible programs, institutions and regions of study beginning in 2023–2024.

Further information on the application process will be available in Spring 2023. Keep checking the Ministry page for updates, click here

If you apply online, you will be able to check the status of your application as soon as you submit it.

You'll find out:

  • If your application has been processed
  • If you have any documents you need to provide
  • If you or your school have to provide information
  • How much money you'll receive
  • When your money will be available

If you apply with a paper application, the ministry will mail you information about the status of your application.

To receive the Ontario Learn and Stay Grant, you are required fulfill a service commitment. For every year of study funded by this grant, you must work for a minimum of six months in the region you studied.

For example, if your program of study is four years long, and you received the Ontario Learn and Stay Grant for each year that you studied, you must work in the region for 24 months (two years) after graduation.

If you choose not to fulfill the service commitment, your funding will be converted to a loan that must be repaid.