Emergency Assignment Class

Starting April 19, 2021, the Emergency Assignment Class (EAC) has been enacted for the purpose of allowing qualified individuals to provide nursing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit the COVID-19: Emergency Assignment Class FAQs page.

The Emergency Assignment Class comes into effect when the province declares an emergency and asks CNO to register qualified nurses in the Emergency Assignment Class.

There is no fee to register in this class.

Registration Requirements

Applicants to the Emergency Assignment Class do not have to meet all the registration requirements. However, they must show CNO that they have:

  • completed an RN or RPN program 
  • practiced as an RN or RPN (as appropriate) within the three years before the date the applicant meets all other registration requirements
  • language proficiency in either English or French.
Summary of terms, conditions and limitations 

Members in this class can practice nursing only within the scope of their Emergency Assignment Class certificates. For detailed information, read the Terms, Conditions and Limitations for the Emergency Assignment Class

Membership obligations

Use of protected titles

When practicing nursing, members of the Emergency Assignment Class must identify themselves using the following titles:

  • “Registered Nurse (Emergency Assignment)” or “RN (Emerg. Assign.)” in the case of members registered as RNs
  • “Registered Practical Nurse (Emergency Assignment)” or “RPN (Emerg. Assign.)” in the case of members registered as RPNs.

Type of work that can be undertaken

The Emergency Assignment Class (EAC) is authorized for the sole purpose of allowing nurses to assist during a declared emergency. However, assisting does not mean only providing care that is directly related to the pandemic. Nurses can assist in responding to the pandemic in a variety of ways. For example, some nurses registered in the Emergency Assignment Class may cover positions vacated by regular nurses who have been redeployed to deal with the emergency.

Reporting requirements

Every Emergency Assignment Class member must tell the Executive Director about any of the following:

  • a finding of guilt in any jurisdiction relating to any offence
  • a charge in any jurisdiction relating to any offence
  • a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity or any similar finding, in relation to the practice of nursing or another profession in any jurisdiction
  • a current investigation, inquiry or proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, or any similar investigation or proceeding, in relation to the practice of nursing or another profession in any jurisdiction.

Also, the member must provide any information that is requested by the Executive Director under the authority of the Nursing Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, regulations under those acts or CNO's by-laws.

Professional liability protection

All Emergency Assignment Class members must hold professional liability protection (PLP) as set out in CNO's by-laws. They must produce evidence of PLP whenever CNO asks for it. 

Page last reviewed April 21, 2021