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Hello. I know NOSM looks for people from rural backgrounds specifically rural ontario. I'm from Newfoundland and both my parents are from extremely small towns (pop 500) in Newfoundland. I mentioned my experience visiting these towns and having family there. Also Newfoundland is obviously not considered rural but its not a huge metropolitan province either. Further, I have a masters researching addiction treatment and I mentioned in my application that NOSMs mission is to help vulnerable populations so I'm hoping that will help me too. Should I completely give up on the hope of this school if I'm not from rural Ontario though?

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21 hours ago, Canadian123 said:

Hello. I know NOSM looks for people from rural backgrounds specifically rural ontario. I'm from Newfoundland and both my parents are from extremely small towns (pop 500) in Newfoundland. I mentioned my experience visiting these towns and having family there. Also Newfoundland is obviously not considered rural but its not a huge metropolitan province either. Further, I have a masters researching addiction treatment and I mentioned in my application that NOSMs mission is to help vulnerable populations so I'm hoping that will help me too. Should I completely give up on the hope of this school if I'm not from rural Ontario though?

I'm not super familiar with NOSM so take my advice with a grain of salt. First of all, you mentioned that NOSM favours rural Ontario but that isn't really true- they value way more living in a Northern town, even if it's not that rural (for example, living in Sudbury, with 160 000 people, is better than living in a 1000 person southern Ontario town). From what I've read on this forum, ~90% of people accepted are from Northern cities and 10% from non-Northern rural cities.

I'm less familiar with how it works for OOP, but Newfoundland is more Northern than basically all of Ontario so potentially that will help? Your rural connections won't hurt either. Overall, I can't say with any confidence what your chances are but I would not completely give up hope, I do think you have a shot (but more knowledgeable people can probably answer this better)

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