Temporary Reimbursement of Fees for Internationally Educated and Inactive Nurses

The government of Ontario is temporarily covering the costs of fees associated with General Class and Temporary Class Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) for inactive or internationally educated nurses.

The goal is to help address financial barriers that may be preventing inactive or internationally educated nurses from getting their license to resume or begin practicing nursing.

Who is eligible for reimbursement through this program?

Internationally educated nurses and inactive nurses who submit, or have submitted, their Reinstatement or General Class registration applications to the CNO between August 18, 2022 and March 31, 2024 are eligible for reimbursement.

Fees for the following application steps are eligible for reimbursement:

  • Application to CNO (both General and Temporary Class)
  • Jurisprudence Exam
  • Language Proficiency Test
  • Background Check
  • Registration Exam
  • CNO Initial Registration and Annual Membership Fee

Note that expenses must be incurred between August 18, 2022 and March 31, 2024 in order to be eligible for reimbursement.

In order to receive reimbursement for any expenses, an applicant must have a Canadian bank account in their name.

UPCOMING DEADLINE: December 15 is the final date to submit expenses incurred between August 18, 2022 and March 31, 2023! Submit your application to as soon as possible.

Reimbursement Instructions

STEP 1: Submit the Application and Banking Information Form:

STEP 2: Submit eligible expenses by completing the Expense Submission Form.

Important Reminder: If you change your email address on file with the College of Nurses of Ontario, please let us know so we can update your application.


For any questions, please e-mail