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Financial assistance eligibility for patients who have been sexually abused by a nurse

After the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) finds that a patient has been sexually abused by a nurse, that patient can apply for funding from CNO to help pay for therapy.

The funding is paid directly to the therapist. It is meant for therapy required as a result of the sexual abuse.

How long does a patient have to apply for funding?

According to the law, the funding is available for a five-year period that starts on the earlier of the following dates:

  • the date the person first received therapy related to the sexual abuse (the therapy can take place at any time after the abuse occurred) for which the person is requesting funding


  • the date that the Discipline Committee found that the nurse committed sexual abuse.

To receive the full benefit of the funding, applicants should submit their applications as early as possible.

Who can be the therapist?

There are only two restrictions about who can be a patient’s therapist:

  • they must not be a member of the patient’s family
  • they must not have been found to have committed professional misconduct of a sexual nature or be found to be civilly or criminally liable for a similar act.

How much funding can a patient who has been sexually abused by a nurse receive from CNO?

The government has set out a formula for calculating the amount of funding that a patient who has been sexually abused by a nurse is eligible to receive for therapy. While the maximum amount will vary depending on specific circumstances, it is approximately $10,000.

Once a patient’s eligibility is determined and the application is processed, CNO will notify the applicant of the amount of funding they will receive.

How can someone apply for funding?

If CNO’s Discipline Committee has found that the nurse committed sexual abuse, the patient will be notified by CNO. They can then complete and send in the forms below, or contact CNO’s Council Affairs Coordinator to have the forms sent to them.

Client Application Form
Information Release Form

Page last reviewed January 23, 2015