Attracting and Retaining Staff

At Sault Area Hospital (SAH) we value our employees and recognize that they are our greatest asset. We provide a safe and healthy environment that inspires teamwork, respect for the individual, collaboration, and professional development. 

Some of the benefits of working here are listed here.

SAH provides comprehensive healthcare coverage to its full time employees.

Benefit eligibility, coverage levels and plan maximums vary based on position and non-union/union affiliations:

  • Dental-Basic Services, Major Restorative, Orthodontics
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Supplemental Healthcare-Paramedical Services (i.e. massage, therapy, chiropractor), out of country
  • Vision-eye glasses, contact lenses, eye exams
  • Semi-Private Hospital Coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability

Part-time hospital employees are not eligible for health and dental benefits. Instead, they receive a payment calculated as a percentage of their salary, in lieu of benefits.

Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) – Full-time employees at SAH are automatically enrolled in HOOPP.  Part-time employees may elect to join the Pension Plan, there is no eligibility criteria or waiting period.  The HOOPP is a defined benefit pension plan.

Visit HOOPP’s website for more information.

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Vacation Plans
  • Holiday Pay and Shift premiums
  • Top-up benefits for Pregnancy/Parental Leave
  • Bereavement leave pay

The Sault Area Hospital’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is designed to offer a voluntary, confidential short-term counselling and advisory support service to all staff who may be experiencing situations that affect their well-being, work performance, health and family life. This program also extends to spouses and dependent children of staff.

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Incentive Grants of up to $15000, paid over three years, might be available to certain healthcare professionals who relocate to Sault Ste. Marie to full-time positions of one (1) year or more with SAH.

The funding is provided by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to attract and retain health care professionals to Northern Ontario.

Learn more at Ontario Health.

  • Banking: ATMs on site
  • Gift Shop
  • Tim Hortons and cafeterias available

The Health Sciences Library has access to over 1,500 full-text journals and 3,500 eBooks on a variety of medical (urology, oncology, etc.) and clinical specialties, including nursing, allied health and health administration.

The library space has comfortable chairs and computer stations to work at. It is accessible 24/7 with your employee swipe card.

Staff: There is a Health Informationist dedicated to assisting with evidence-based practice, health education and research/innovations.

Location: First floor near between the NOSM and Physician lounges D1711

Access website here: SAH Health Sciences Library 

SAH staff are able to participate on many different interdisciplinary committees as well as contribute to our shared leadership model through program-specific unit councils. Invitations to participate in Hospital committees such as Wellness Committee, Accessibility Committee, Joint Health & Safety Committee are sent out when opportunities arise. Many program and project committee opportunities exist, discuss your interest with your leader at SAH.

There is are opportunities for clinicians to conduct research projects with assistance available from our internal and external partners: