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Practising nurses in other Canadian jurisdictions

The Ontario Labour Mobility Act (OLMA) supports full labour mobility for Canadian nurses who wish to practise in Ontario, provided they can demonstrate they are registered in their home jurisdiction and have recently practised as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or Nurse Practitioner.

Applicants who meet these requirements are not required to write a registration examination or undergo additional training, experience, testing or assessment in order to register with the College.

This applies to all nurses who are registered to practise in a Canadian jurisdiction outside of Ontario, regardless of where they received their nursing education.  

Recent graduates of programs outside Ontario

If you are applying to practise as an RN, you will write the NCLEX-RN.

If you are applying to practise as an RPN, you will write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).

Both exams consist of a series of questions designed to measure the competencies of nurses at the start of their practice. The examinations are written at testing centres across Canada.

Jurisprudence Examination

All applicants, regardless of their registration status, must successfully complete a separate jurisprudence exam. This online exam is designed to evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the laws, regulations, and College by-laws, practice standards and guidelines that govern the nursing profession in Ontario.

The RN/RPN Jurisprudence Exam can be completed at any time, and from any location. Once you have submitted your application form and fees, you will receive information about how to access the secure testing site.

You must provide an email address to the College to receive information about your jurisprudence exam. This email address must be unique to you (i.e., it cannot be a shared address with other applicants to the College).

Visit our Examinations section for more about the registration and jurisprudence exams, including fees, refund policies and special accommodation requests.


Page last reviewed October 09, 2014