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College of Nurses of Ontario

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is the governing body for registered nurses in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a nurse or practical nurse in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2015

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2015

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,542597791,115010,333
Applicants who became members7,235440681,56909,312

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received7,6136201223,635011,990
Applicants who became members7,637448991,37209,556

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received7,7735681704,123012,634
Applicants who became members6,5113577574207,685

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Nurses)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received10,4585511855,517016,711
Applicants who became members7,7365511161,761010,164

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received10,5255872324,870016,214
Applicants who became members7,2144291171,01258,777

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010
Audit Report

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,6575142353,878013,284
Applicants who became members5,3494078677236,617

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

Fair Access: In summer 2009, the CNO informed the OFC of new initiatives that would enhance fair access, such as:

  • reorganizing certain aspects of the registration process to speed up communication with applicants
  • harmonizing the CNO's language fluency requirements with other jurisdictions across Canada.

The CNO had a followup meeting with the OFC in October 2009 and is preparing a draft of changes to its registration regulations.

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,1636912553,303013,412
Applicants who became members8,851505157739110,253

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,3017062512,896013,154
Applicants who became members8,45555112867409,808

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CNO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the College of Nurses of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Ensuring front-line staff is well-informed

    This practice may interest regulators who want to be...


Quick Facts

Number of Nurses171,264
Number of Internationally Trained Nurses19,253

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2015

Ontario143,180
Other Canadian Provinces8,670
USA1,541
Other International17,712
Unknown161
Total171,264
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)11%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Nurses, 2015

Largest NumberIndia
Second Largest NumberPhilippines
Third Largest NumberIran
Fourth Largest NumberJamaica
Fifth Largest NumberU.K.
Number of Applicants1,000

The College of Nurses of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the CNO for further information about your ability to practise as a nurse or practical nurse in Ontario.

Action

On January 1, 2013, the College of Nurses of Ontario introduced amendments to its registration regulation that disproportionately affect internationally educated nurses. The problems include:

  • a very short time frame for transitioning from the old rules to the new ones
  • insufficient grand parenting of applications that were already in progress when the new rules came into effect
  • a lack of transparency about the licensing changes
  • poor communication with applicants
  • delays in processing applications

The OFC has raised these concerns with the CNO on many occasions.

July 2013