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To learn more about nursing education in Ontario, the province’s health care system, or how to access programs and services designed to help newcomers, please visit one of the following sites:
Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing /Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières
The national voice for nursing education and nursing research in Canada.
CARE - Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
An organization to help internationally educated nurses gain the knowledge and experience needed to pass the registration exam and practise nursing safely and confidently in Ontario.
Helps internationally educated health care professionals prepare for practice in Ontario. Knowledgeable advisors work one on one to review your experience, explain steps to qualification and assess your opportunities.
Hamilton Health Sciences' Internationally Educated Nurse Integration Project
Overview of the Community Collaboration Employment Model (CCEM), which was developed to support IENs integrating into the Canadian healthcare system when they are close to having their registration as RNs/RPN. It is currently funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
Occupation-Specific Language Training
Government-funded courses, available for free at select Ontario colleges, that are designed to help health-care professionals improve their language and workplace culture skills.
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Responsible for administering the health care system and providing services to the Ontario public.
Ontario Ministry of Labour
Advances safe, fair and harmonious workplace practices that are essential to the social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario.
Provides information and resources for newcomers to Ontario.
Working in Ontario: Nursing
Information provided by the Government of Ontario for internationally educated nurses who wish to practise in Ontario.
Some Ontario community colleges provide opportunities for nurses to update their nursing education. These programs may be available to applicants who need to update their practice in order to meet the evidence of practice requirement for registration.
Contact an approved nursing school to enquire about programs to upgrade your education and experience.
In order to facilitate the application process, the College requires all documents submitted by applicants to be in either English or French.
Applicants who receive copies of supporting documents (e.g., transcripts or verification letters) in a language other than English or French are responsible for arranging the translation of those documents into English or French before their application can be assessed. (More on the translation process)
For a list of accredited translators, contact the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario at 1 800-234-5030 (613 241-2846 in the Ottawa region), or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the College also accepts translations from:
- the consulate, high commission or embassy (in Canada) of the country that issued the documents
- a Canadian consulate, high commission or embassy in the country from which the documents were sent