Strathmore Town Council is hoping that a new grant program will help attract and retain new physicians to the town.

The year term will offer three grants, each worth up to $30,000 to support medical offices to bring in more doctors.

According to Mayor Pat Fule, sponsorships are a great way to bring internationally trained physicians into Alberta.

"Instead of having to pay more than $30,000 to try to bring a doctor into Strathmore, the town is taking that on for the next three years."

This is all contingent on if the medical facilities chose to take on the role of sponsor through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta program.

Following the year term, it will be reviewed and sent back to council to decide what to do moving forward.

Fule says many people in Strathmore are struggling to find a family doctor.

"In a town of our size, we've just hit 15,000. I believe we have about 16 doctors, but not all of them are full-time.

According to Fule, he's expecting that a total of three new doctors will be able to be signed on over the next three years.

In order to be eligible for the grant, applicants have to sign a contract to commit to sponsoring international trained physicians for up to six years.

The town will start accepting applications on June 1.