Yukon government offers cash bonuses to attract and keep nurses


The Yukon government is offering cash bonuses for some nurses who choose to work in the territory. It’s an attempt to fill a number of vacant community nursing positions and reduce turnover. 

Health Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee announced $6 million to go toward signing and retention bonuses for nurses who work for the territorial government.

In a written statement, McPhee said the bonuses “will make the Yukon more competitive in recruiting and retaining nurses in a very challenging labour market.”

In October, McPhee said Yukon was dealing with a “very, very serious” vacancy rate in community nursing, saying it was then over 40 per cent. Typically, she said, the vacancy rate would be about five per cent. 


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