Saskatchewan's Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP)
Note: Apply within the first 90 days of EACH YEAR of practice.
Under the Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) recent Canadian Medical Graduates (CMGs) and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who establish practice in a rural or remote community in Saskatchewan with a population of 10,000 or less may apply on an annual basis for retention incentives.
Retention incentives under this program may be available to physicians who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Successful completion of post-graduate or internship training in Family Medicine within the previous twenty-four (24) months for CMGs or thirty-six (36) months for IMGs from the date practice is first established.
- Holds licensure in Saskatchewan with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) at the time of application.
- Has established a full-time practice or is providing visiting or locum service, during the previous twelve (12) months, in a rural Saskatchewan community with a population of 10,000 or less and are currently practicing in a rural Saskatchewan community with a population of 10,000 or less. For greater clarity, the minimum practice requirement to qualify for RPIP is practice in at least 11 of the 12 months with a minimum of 24 days per year.
- Practice is in a collegial primary care team that is either physically or virtually connected in a group practice environment.
- The practice is in alignment with and supported by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the community is deemed to be a sustainable practice.
All applicants must meet the above eligibility criteria in a given year to be considered for a retention incentive.
Eligibility in a given year does not guarantee eligibility in any other year, nor does it guarantee that the program will not be subject to change prior to participants completing four years of service and receiving payment for any of those years under the RPIP program.
All rural or remote communities in the province of Saskatchewan with a population of 10,000 or less are eligible under the program with the exception of:
- Balgonie, Clavet, Dalmeny, Delisle, Emerald Park, Langham, Lumsden, Martensville, Pense, Pilot Butte, Warman and White City.
Practice requirements, as outlined in the Program Parameters above, must be met for each year in which an RPIP application is submitted.
Incentives Based on Years of Service:
Payment of retention incentives may be made to qualifying physicians at the end of each year of practice according to the following table:
- First year of service – up to $10,000 upon completion of twelve (12) months of satisfactory service to the community.
- Second year of service – up to $10,000 upon completion of twenty-four (24) months of satisfactory service to the community.
- Third year of service – up to $12,000 upon completion of thirty-six (36) months of satisfactory service to the community.
- Fourth year of service – up to $15,000 upon completion of forty-eight (48) months of satisfactory service to the community.
Note: Physicians in receipt of the Rural Practice Establishment Grant (RPEG) administered by the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) will only be considered for the Rural Physician Incentive Program for years three (3) and four (4) of the incentive program.
Application and Adjudication
Adjudication of the RPIP will be made by the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan (PRAS). Physicians must submit an application within 90 days of starting each year of practice. A new RPIP application is required for each year of service.
The start date for the calculation of the incentive will be the date that the physician commenced their year of practice in an eligible community, provided the application is received within 90 days of the commencement of practice. If a late application is received, the start date shall be 90 days prior to the date of application.
Submit this interactive application form, along with a copy of your postgraduate medical degree (for first‑time applications) to:
100-311 Wellman Lane
Saskatoon, SK S7T 0J1
*Physicians providing visiting or locum services will receive pro-rated payment based on time worked in an eligible rural community as reported by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
*Sustainable practices are those structured or networked in a manner that provides physicians with collegial peer support, work-life balance, and reasonable call schedules.