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Supporting the future of health care

The cost of medical school is blocking students from becoming doctors. Help us reduce the cost of tuition for those who need it most.

Since 2004, the Ontario Medical Foundation has awarded bursaries to more than 2,000 aspiring physicians like you, totalling more than $5.9 million. By awarding bursaries, we are:

  • Increasing accessibility to medical schools 
  • Supporting and increasing representation in the physician profession to be reflective of Ontario’s diverse population 
  • Reducing the stress and burnout associated with financial strain during medical training 
  • Contributing to future health human resources

The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund

The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund was established in 1999, in response to rising tuition fees and the mounting debt Ontario medical students experience. The cost of medical school in Ontario is the highest in the country. According to the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, Ontario’s average tuition costs are more than $27,304 per year. Bursaries through the OMSBF program are provided to students in financial need through the distribution of two types of bursaries: general bursaries and named bursaries.  

General bursaries  

Medical students do not need to apply for general bursaries. All students enrolled in an Ontario medical school are eligible for an OMF general bursary of $3,000. Every year, the financial aid office at each medical school nominates students who are in the greatest financial need.

Named bursaries

Medical students apply through the OMF for named bursaries[*]. The named bursaries application opens on Dec. 1, 2023, and closes on Jan. 31, 2024.

More details on named bursaries.

[*] Named bursaries are bursaries established by an individual or group commemorating a physician’s achievements, or in memory of a colleague or relative to support students pursuing a specific specialty, or to support students from a particular city or area of the province.

With your support, the OMF can work towards achieving a more equitable, effective and efficient health-care system in Ontario.

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OMF elective bursaries 

Elective bursaries are offered to medical students to allow them to gain a broad range of clinical experience through their elective programs. Access the application form.

Are you travelling for an elective this year? 

The Ontario Medical Foundation offers two $500 bursaries per year to students at each of the six Ontario medical schools. 

These bursaries are specifically allocated to assist students enrolled in an elective program. Recipients are chosen based on factors including academic validity of the learning experience, location, adequate academic achievement and need for assistance.