The NGG was created in 2007 to provide new graduate nurses in Ontario with temporary full-time employment, above staffing complement, to support their successful transition to practice and to permanent, full-time employment. In April 2014, the NGG expanded its eligibility to include new graduate nurses from other provinces and territories in Canada and internationally educated nurses (IENs) newly registered in Canada.
As of April 1, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the Ministry) has implemented changes to the NGG to ensure that, in addition to gaining valuable work experience, participating nurses will indeed be transitioned into permanent, full-time employment.
Effective April 1, 2017, the NGG Initiative and NCO Initiative will be referred to and implemented as the “NGG”.
The NGG uses the NGG Online Portal to link new nurses and employers. Funding is provided to create transition to practice opportunities for new nurses that will lead to permanent, full-time employment. The Ministry will provide 20 weeks of funding for each new nurse approved to participate in the NGG. This includes 12 weeks of funding for the nurse’s transition to practice period and 8 weeks of funding to reinvest in existing frontline nurses and their professional development.