COVID-19 information

At CNO, we are working as quickly as possible to help support Ontario’s health care system during the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic.

During these difficult and challenging times all nurses are being asked to do more than ever before. We know and are grateful for the important role nurses are playing on the frontlines of this unprecedented event. You are the heart of our health care system, and you continue to demonstrate your dedication to your patients and their families every day.

We are doing our best to get you the support you need. We are prioritizing our efforts to ensure as many nurses as possible are available to deliver the care needed while keeping you, your patients and your colleagues safe.

From all of us at CNO … thank you.

Latest Information

  • COVID-19: How to register
    • This page contains information on:
      • Resinstating your membership
      • Registering in the Emergency Assignment Class
      • Registering in the Temporary Class
  • COVID-19: Practice Resources
    • This page contains a variety of COVID-19-related information for nurses, including information about:
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • Physical distancing
      • Accountabilities of nurses during a pandemic
      • Information for Nurse Practitioners

Important resources

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: dedicated COVID-19 website for health care professionals.  

In addition, the Ministry of Health is looking for experienced health care providers who can help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Visit their recruitment page for more information.

  • Public Health Ontario has also curated a resource page for health care providers. 

Report individuals being tested 

  • Health care providers  must contact  their local public health unit about all individuals being tested for COVID-19.
  • To find your local health unit, see the Ministry of Health PHU Locator. If you are considering testing a patient for COVID-19, you can contact Public Health Ontario’s Customer Service Centre for advice and support. 
  • Health care workers and health sector employees can call the Ministry of Health’s Healthcare Provider Hotline for more information: 1 866 212 2272.



Your accountabilities

Nurses are accountable to all standards of practice.

If you have questions about your accountabilities when caring for patients affected with the new coronavirus, email us:


Important resources 

Guidance and best practices 

For answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, such as what the risks and symptoms are, how it spreads, and how you can protect yourself, read the Government of Canada’s FAQ page.

You can also find information about how to protect yourself from the virus, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 web page

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.


Status Reports 

How Students/New Grads can help during COVID-19

As a student, you can apply for the Temporary Class if you …

  • have completed your nursing program, even if you have not written the registration exam (NCLEX-RN or CPNRE), and
  • have an offer of employment.

For more information, please visit Applying to the Temporary Class.

To apply for Temporary Class

  • You can apply to Temporary Class through CNO’s Maintain Your Membership portal (this is in addition to the RN or RPN General Class application you already made).

To check your applications status

Registration validity

  • Your Temporary Class registration will be valid for up to 6 months. 

If you are still in a nursing program and want to help …

  • contact a nursing association or a local health facility (long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals) to offer support.

Guidance information


To learn more about the virus, visit the World Health Organization’s info page and the government of Canada's FAQ page

Page last reviewed March 31, 2020