Continuing Professional Development (CPD) stipends

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) stipends

Physicians practising in Nova Scotia may be eligible to receive stipends in support of their continuing professional development, or CPD – formerly known as continuing medical education, or CME. Eligibility for this payment is based on calendar year (Jan. 1-Dec. 31) billings from the previous year and is determined automatically each year by the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). 

To qualify for the stipend, you must be actively practising in Nova Scotia (have billings during the period of March 1 prior to the payment up to the time of the payment) and meet the other program eligibility criteria outlined below.

General practitioners – $2,000 per year

  • Eligibility as a general practitioner (GP) is established by license.
  • To be eligible for a CME support payment, you must maintain a license and have billings or contract-based funding of $100,000 or more in the previous year.

Non-C/AFP specialists – $4,000 per year

  • To be eligible for a CPD support payment, you must be a non-C/AFP specialist, maintain a license and have actual fee-for-service billings of $150,000 or equivalent payments through a rural specialty contract in the previous year.

CME verification

The DHW may randomly withhold annual payments from select physicians pending submission of supporting documentation of CPD activities.


Jessica Moore
Compensation manager, Physician Agreement and Fee Schedule

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