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Strategic Priorities Education Fund

The Strategic Priorities Education Fund (SPEF) is an one-time fund aimed to support education related to strategic priorities including long-term care, mental health, substance use, and career laddering. During negotiations between the Ministry of Health and BCNU in the last round of bargaining, it was determined that it is important to address the needs within these areas of nursing. The opportunity for BCNU members to access the Strategic Priorities Education Fund will continue while funds exist.

NOTE: The application period is now closed for the April 15, 2019 bursary intake.  


Nurses pursuing education in the areas of community care of frail and medically complex seniors, including long-term care, mental health, and substance use can apply to receive up to $1,000 from the SPEF. In addition, nurses advancing across the career ladder, for example, an LPN pursuing an education toward an RN designation, or an RN or RPN seeking a BSN, are also eligible.

To be eligible, members must have received funding from the Member Education Bursary (MEB) in the past. If you haven't applied for the MEB, click here for the form.

A member cannot receive funding from both the MEB and the SPEF in the same calendar year.


Applicants will be reviewed by the bursary committee and contacted if they fit the requirements to receive the support.

Nurses who meet the requirements for the SPEF can click here to complete the online application form.

Updated: 5/9/2019 9:31 AM

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