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College of Nurses of Ontario

College of Nurses of Ontario

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416-928-0900

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, 2016

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.


 2019

2019

Nurses_fair-registration-practices-report-2019.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2019
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received9,8176731444,556215,192
Applicants who became members8,207528901,958010,783

 2018

2018

Nurses_fair-registration-practices-report-2018.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2018
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,7377281234,710214,300
Applicants who became members9,8547101101,883012,557

 2017

2017

Nurses_fair-registration-practices-report-2017.pdf

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2017
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,9326921463,758013,528
Applicants who became members8,274460951,335010,164

 2016

2016

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​

Applications to Practise Processed by the CNO in 2016
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received8,3056591232,967012,054
Applicants who became members7,534514781,26309,389

 2015

2015

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​

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

2014

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2014

Fair Registration Practices Report available upon request.​​​

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

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

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

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

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

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FR​P) 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

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

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

Quick Facts

Number of Nurses185,385
Number of Internationally Trained Nurses22,082

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


Location of Training, 2019

Ontario154,300
Other Canadian Provinces8,877
USA1,615
Other International20,467
Unknown126
Total185,385
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)12%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Nurses, 2019

Largest NumberIndia
Second Largest NumberPhilippines
Third Largest NumberNepal
Fourth Largest NumberIran
Fifth Largest NumberPakistan
Number of Applicants4,278

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.

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