McGill Retention Programs

The McGill Retention Project is geared toward ensuring that health and social services are provided to residents of Quebec in both French and English. As we work toward improving the health and well-being of the Anglophone population, the McGill Retention Project is a significant part of the work that we do in the community.

Below are listed some of the ways that this project takes form in our region. You can also follow this link to the Training and Retention of Health Professionals Project at McGill, where you can explore the overall vision of this project and see how it is being implemented in other places.

McGill Bursaries

One of the things that this project brings into our community are bursaries for students pursuing studies in the health and social services sector who are dedicated to returning to the area to put their education into practice. Generally, the bursary is open to students from selected Quebec regions who:

  • Are Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have resided in a selected Quebec region for at least 24 months;
  • Have appropriate English and French language skills to provide health and social services at a Quebec institution that offers those services;
  • Are pursuing studies in a government recognized educational institution;
  • Are currently accepted into or pursuing full-time studies in a government recognized health and social services program that permits the students to work professionally in Quebec upon completion of studies;
  • Are registered full-time during the relevant academic year;
  • Are committed, following completion of studies, to return to a selected Quebec region to work in the field of health and social services in a public health and social services institution or related organization for a minimum of one year per bursary awarded;
  • Agree, upon completion of studies, to participate in any follow-up, monitoring or evaluation of the Program conducted by the McGill Project and/or the community network.

More information on these bursaries will become available when the call for applications is made. We offer our congratulations to the bursary recipients of 2017-2018,  Danielle Gagnon, Ariana Sams, and Geneviève Morin!

Click on the image above to see the 2017-2018 Bursary Recipients.

Golden Shares Initiatives

As part of the overall Retention Project, Vision is implementing a project entitled “Needs Assessment Based on Targeted Internships” that is dedicated to creating internship opportunities for students in specific fields. The internships will focus on fields that have been identified as problematic areas for English-speakers accessing those services, such as speech language pathology and social work.

This project has the additional benefit of increasing the participation of English-speaking professionals in Québec’s health and social services by offering internships to students outside of the region, who will then be exposed to the region and may return.

This is an ongoing project that links Vision Gaspé-Percé Now, educational institutions, and health and social networks. Phase 1, which ran in 2015-2016, produced a needs assessment and targeted internships were identified at the CISSS de la Gaspésie. The services available to interns were identified and an action plan was developed to be used in Phase 2 of the project.

Phase 2 ran in 2016-2017 and worked toward organizing the internships identified in Phase 1, creating a variety of promotional tools for distribution, and producing orientation material for future interns. The project coordinator works to promote the region and support interns by helping them apply for incentive bursaries, finding lodging, ensuring transport, and so on while they are working in the Gaspésie.

The Golden Shares Initiatives are implemented across the province. Click here to see how our partners work to achieve the goals of the Retention Project.

Healthy Active Living for Health Professionals

In partnership with McGill, Vision has produced a bilingual pamphlet entitled “Healthy Active Living for Health Professionals.” This pamphlet states how our organization can assist prospective or interested professionals in health and social services searching for employment opportunities and lists some of the reasons why it is a pleasure to work and live in Gaspé. The idea behind this project is enticing bilingual professionals to our region, especially those who lived or studied here for a significant period of time, through highlighting the positive aspects to life in a rural community and emphasizing the ways we are able to help those new to the region. These pamphlets have been dispersed at the Cegep de la Gaspésie et des Îles and the Gaspé Polyvalent and will be added to future welcome packages. An electronic copy is available on this page.


Our bilingual brochure