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In Depth: Past Offences and Findings

You must truthfully state if you have ever been found guilty of an offence, refused registration, had a finding related to the practice of nursing or another profession against you, or are involved in certain proceedings.

You do this by completing the Declaration of Registration Requirements form, and by providing additional information to the College for review if you answer “yes” to any question on the form.

Answering “yes” to a question means the College will require additional information for review before it can proceed with your application. It does not mean that you will be refused registration.

The College keeps all information confidential except as required or allowed by law. Where required, supporting documents must be sent to the College by the proper authorities.Supporting documents that are not sent directly to the College from the proper authorities will not be accepted.

The following provides information about the questions on the declaration form, including the types of documents an applicant may be asked to provide if they answer “yes” to that question on the form.

A finding of guilt

A finding of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity, malpractice or negligence

Involvement in a current proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence, or incapacity

Involvement in a current proceeding for any offence

A refusal of registration to practise nursing or any other profession

Criminal Record Check

As part of the registration process, the College of Nurses of Ontario requires all applicants to provide a recent criminal record check. A criminal record check helps protect the public by allowing the College to identify those individuals with criminal records that could affect their ability to practise safe and ethical nursing.

There are two types of checks: a check based on your name and birth date, and a check based on your fingerprints. For registration purposes, the College only requires a name-based check.

An “incomplete” mark on a name-based check will prompt a fingerprint-based check, which can take up to 120 days to complete and may prolong the registration process. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they request the correct type of check from their local police services, and for taking into account the time it will take for police to process their request.

FAQ: Criminal Record Checks

Page mise à jour le décembre 20, 2015