Beginning the Application Process - Canada (Outside Ontario)

The application process for Canadian applicants begins when you create an online application with the College.  

In the case of nurses already registered in another province or territory, there are also verification forms that must be forwarded to the appropriate third party (employers, regulatory bodies) and returned by those third parties to the College. The College must receive all documents from third parties directly from the source. Third-party information submitted by the applicant will not be considered.

During your application, if you answer “yes” to any question on the declaration, the College will require you to provide additional information with your application, including a personal statement and supporting documentation separately. These cannot be submitted online. This information will be reviewed by the College’s Executive Director and may be referred to the Registration Committee, which will extend the time it takes to process your application.  

The College’s role in the application process begins when it receives the following:

  • a completed application
  • all applicable fees 
  • verification of course completion and transcript request from a recognized nursing school, in the case of recent nursing school graduates (this information must come directly from the nursing school in an official sealed envelope bearing the school’s official letterhead, logo or stamp). 

Once the College receives and reviews this information, you will receive a message from the College that will tell you if any further information is needed to assess your application.

The application fee is non-refundable. 

Completing the registration process can take from three to 18 months, but this is a guideline only. It is your responsibility to ensure the timely delivery of all required documentation and other information requested by the College.

Factors that may delay your registration include:


  • You may photocopy any of the verification forms as necessary
  • While you can submit your proof of citizenship, residency status, or authorization to practise nursing in Ontario documentation at any time during the online application process, it is recommended you submit this documentation with your application. If you do not submit them during your initial online application, you will need to send them to the College separately.
  • Incomplete or missing information may delay the processing of your application.
  • All applications for registration are confidential. Information about your application will be shared with only you unless you provide written permission to release the information to a third party (i.e., an employer, spouse, agency or lawyer). To release information to a third party, you must send us a written and signed letter of permission or complete the Authorization to Release Information form.
  • Making a false or misleading statement or representation on your application or supporting documents may result in the cancellation of your application for registration and/or cancellation of any certificates of registration that may be issued.





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Page last reviewed July 04, 2023