To practise as a regulated health professional in Ontario, you must be a member of your profession’s regulatory college and hold a certificate of registration. Regulated health professionals are required by law to deliver competent, ethical and professional services, and are accountable to the public through their respective colleges.

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is the regulatory body for nursing practice in Ontario. The CNO regulates nursing to protect the public interest and sets requirements to enter the profession, establishes and enforces standards of nursing practice, and assures the quality of practice of the profession and the continuing competence of nurses.

To learn more about the registration requirements, please visit the College of Nurses of Ontario website.


Career Guidance
Guidance for internationally educated nurses who are interested in pursuing licensing or alternative careers in Ontario.

Temporary Class Employment Supports
RN and RPN applicants require an offer of employment to obtain Temporary Class registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) while they work towards meeting the education equivalency and registration exam requirements needed for General Class registration.

Explore available job opportunities for nurses across Ontario.


Nursing Graduate Guarantee
Providing new nurses in Ontario with temporary full-time employment to support their successful transition to practice and to permanent, full-time employment.

College of Nurses of Ontario
Certifies registered practical nurses (RPNs) and registered nurses (RNs) to practise in Ontario.

Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO)
Provides a professional support group for nurse practitioners, offering advice, expertise and continuing education to its members.

Ontario Nurses’ Association
Assists members in matters of contract interpretations, contract enforcement and patient care concerns.

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
Represents registered nurses in Ontario. Aims to influence and promote healthy public policy.

The Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario
Provides financial support for nurses and nursing students for education and research.

Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO)
Advocates for registered practical nurses in diverse settings, resulting in optimum client health services.

Across Canada

Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses
Develops practice standards for advanced practice nurses, advocates for them, and provides continuing education.

Canadian Council for Practical Nurse Regulators
Collaborates with provincial/territorial regulatory organizations regarding the regulation of licensed/registered practical nurses.

Canadian Nurses Association
Sets education and practice standards, and advocates to change health policy on behalf of its 11-member provincial and territorial nurses associations.

Canadian Nurses Protective Society
Offers legal liability protection relating to the nursing practice.

Internationally Educated Nurses