CNO is currently experiencing a significant technical infrastructure issue. CNO will provide updates as they become available here.

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We encourage you to follow the advice of public health, take all necessary precautions, and look after yourself during this time.

COVID-19 update: Standard of care and nurses’ accountabilities 

CNO acknowledges that it is an unprecedented time in health care. We understand that you are stressed and may be concerned about being able to maintain standards of nursing practice. We want to assure you that the standard of care is always considered in context. The standard of care can evolve with the dynamic nature of the pandemic, including that resources may become scarce or absent.

Working within a quickly evolving environment can be challenging and distressing. In this situation, it will be important to make reasonable efforts to comply with any direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and your workplace policies and procedures pertaining to COVID-19 management. While CNO will continue to receive complaints and reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will assess all information with consideration to the circumstances in which nurses are working.

As CNO members, all nurses are responsible for practising in accordance with the laws, regulations and standards governing the nursing profession in Ontario. They are also expected to engage in life-long learning, renew their registration annually, and provide CNO with all practice-related information as required by law.

  • College Documents

    A list of all the documents currently available from the College, including practice standards and registration guides.

  • Standards & Guidelines

    Documents designed to support nurses in providing safe and ethical nursing care.

  • Abuse Prevention

    Details about One Is One Too Many, the College’s abuse prevention program.

  • Sexual Abuse Prevention

    Patient sexual abuse by a nurse causes significant harm. The abuse can have lasting effects on a patient’s health and well-being. It can also seriously effect a patient’s caregiver, family and community.

  • Ask Practice

    The College answers questions about nursing practice.

  • Learning Modules

    A series of online resources designed to help nurses understand and apply Practice Standards. 

  • Medication Decision Tool

    This tool is designed to help you apply the Medication practice standard. The practice standard is principle-based, which means that it uses broad statements. You will need to use critical inquiry and your knowledge, skill and judgment when making decisions about medication practices. This tool is...

  • Infection Prevention and Control

    Ensuring the use of safe, effective and ethical infection prevention and control measures is an important component of nursing care. To do so, nurses are expected to be aware of applicable CNO standards, relevant legislation, best practices and organizational policies related to infection...

  • Pandemic Planning

    Information and resources to assist nurses, employers and facility operators in the event of a declared pandemic.

  • Code of Conduct Webcast

    This webcast helps nurses understand the accountabilities for each principle in the Code of Conduct. It also describes the conduct and behaviour members of the public can expect of nurses in different situations.

  • Update your info

    It’s important for the public and employers to have accurate information about nurses. It increases transparency, promotes trust and allows people to make informed decisions about who is providing their care. That’s why it’s the law that all regulated health professions in Ontario, including...

  • Professional Liability Protection

    Information for nurses about the new PLP requirement and how it may affect their practice.

  • Declaration of Practice

    The College’s Registration Regulation requires all nurses in the General or Extended Classes to make a declaration about their nursing practice within the previous three years. Nurses will make this declaration at the time of membership renewal, or at any other time when requested by the...

  • Mandatory Member Emails

    The following questions and answers provide some background information about the requirement to provide an email address, and how your email will be used by the College.  General Why do I have to provide my email to the College? The College is increasing the...

  • Annual Membership Renewal

    Once a year, each member of the College must renew their membership to continue practising as a nurse in Ontario. Renewing your membership involves answering questions about your employment status and areas of practice and education, and paying an annual fee.  Members who fail to complete the...

  • Self-Reporting

    Nurses practising in Ontario are required to provide the College with details of any findings of guilt for offences, findings of professional negligence, and/or information regarding disciplinary or incapacity proceedings from other governing bodies.

Transcript Request

CNO will not be providing applicants or members with transcript copies at this time. If you require a copy of the transcripts received in your CNO application, please contact your nursing school directly.

Request for Verification of Registration Form

Following a pause due to COVID-19 priorities, we have resumed processing requests to verify a nurse’s registration with CNO. Effective immediately, we will be now be sending Verification of Registration documents electronically only; we will not be providing the document by mail, fax or courier.

 A Request of Verification of Registration form is available below. If you previously submitted a request form that has not been processed yet, you do not need to submit another one. We will notify you if there is an issue with your form.

Please allow 15 business days to receive an email with a specific link to Maintain Your Membership where you can pay the fee. Once we receive payment, we will process your request on a first-in, first out basis. As we are currently working through a high number of requests received while we had to pause this service, we cannot yet provide a timeframe for your request to be completed.  We appreciate your patience and understanding.

The purpose of this document is to verify to another regulatory board that you are, or were, registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario. We will not send this document to an employer or a school.

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