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.

What fees 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
  • Annual CNO Membership Fee

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

Reimbursement Instructions

This program is now open to requests for reimbursement of eligible fees. Please complete the form and Ontario Health will be in touch in the coming weeks as payment processes are established.

For any questions, please e-mail