Rural Recruitment

The following rural recruitment funding is available for eligible physicians. 

Rural Recruitment Incentive

Under the subsidiary agreement, physicians who are recruited to fill current or pending vacancies in eligible rural communities receive an incentive from $5,000 - $20,000. The incentive is not available for physicians already practicing in a rural community who may wish to move to another eligible rural area.

As part of the Rural Recruitment Incentive, B.C.'s health authorities and physicians will work together to develop physician supply plans in communities covered by the agreement.

Health authorities must submit the Recruitment Incentive benefit form (PDF, 530KB) to the Rural Practice Programs office.

Please see the Recruitment Incentive Fund Policy (PDF, 96KB) for information on eligibility criteria, communities, funding and benefits, as well as the application process.

Rural Recruitment Contingency Fund

The Rural Practice Subsidiary Agreement provides an annual fund to assist eligible communities with recruiting expenses, in the event of difficulty in filling a vacancy. Grants from the contingency fund may be used to increase the incentive benefit for a new physician or for recruiting expenses. Health authorities should submit the Recruitment Contingency Fund application (PDF, 645KB) to the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues c/o the Rural Practice Programs.

Please see the Recruitment Contingency Fund Policy (PDF, 156KB) for information on eligibility criteria, communities, funding and benefits, as well as the application process.

Recruitment of International Medical Graduates

Health Match BC is a free health professional recruitment service funded by the B.C. Government that assists in the recruitment of international medical graduates to rural areas of the province.

For more information, visit www.healthmatchbc.org.