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We encourage you to follow the advice of public health, take all necessary precautions, and look after yourself during this time.

COVID-19 update: Standard of care and nurses’ accountabilities 

CNO understands that, more than ever, the health care system and all health care professionals are experiencing challenging and unsettling times. We understand that for nurses these challenges bring a high degree of uncertainty and stress as we experience change in ways we have never felt before. You may be concerned about being able to maintain standards of practice, particularly when mobilized to work in other areas, and we want to assure you that the standard of care is always considered in context. The standard of care can evolve with the dynamic nature of the pandemic, including that resources may become scarce or absent.       

Working in the health care system during a pandemic requires continual adaptation and adjustment in nursing practice. In this situation, it will be important to make reasonable efforts to comply with any direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and your workplace policies and procedures pertaining to COVID-19 management. While CNO will continue to receive complaints and reports during the pandemic, we appreciate that nurses are always doing their best in every situation and we will assess all information with consideration to the circumstances in which nurses are working.

CNO continues to appreciate and applaud your commitment and dedication within this emergent context. We understand you are considering patient needs, public safety, and doing your very best each and every day.

As CNO members, all nurses are responsible for practising in accordance with the laws, regulations and standards governing the nursing profession in Ontario. They are also expected to engage in life-long learning, renew their registration annually, and provide CNO with all practice-related information as required by law.

  • Scope of Practice – Proposed changes

    The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care asked us to begin the work required to expand the scope of practice for NPs, RNs and RPNs. These changes will increase patients’ choice of and access to health care services.

  • College Documents

    A list of all the documents currently available from the College, including practice standards and registration guides.

  • Ask Practice

    The College answers questions about nursing practice.

  • Learning Modules

    A series of online resources designed to help nurses understand and apply Practice Standards. 

  • Medication Decision Tool

    This tool is designed to help you apply the Medication practice standard. The practice standard is principle-based, which means that it uses broad statements. You will need to use critical inquiry and your knowledge, skill and judgment when making decisions about medication practices. This tool is...

  • Infection Prevention and Control

    Ensuring the use of safe, effective and ethical infection prevention and control measures is an important component of nursing care. To do so, nurses are expected to be aware of applicable CNO standards, relevant legislation, best practices and organizational policies related to infection...

  • Nurse Practitioners

    Provides information and educational resources designed specifically for Nurse Practitioners practising in Ontario.

  • Pandemic Planning

    Information and resources to assist nurses, employers and facility operators in the event of a declared pandemic.

  • Webcasts

    On-demand videos of interest to nurses, nursing educators and other stakeholders who wish to learn more about current regulatory issues and the role the College plays in nursing regulation.

  • Code of Conduct Webcast

    This webcast helps nurses understand the accountabilities for each principle in the Code of Conduct. It also describes the conduct and behaviour members of the public can expect of nurses in different situations.

  • Update your info

    It’s important for the public and employers to have accurate information about nurses. It increases transparency, promotes trust and allows people to make informed decisions about who is providing their care. That’s why it’s the law that all regulated health professions in Ontario, including...

  • Professional Liability Protection

    Information for nurses about the new PLP requirement and how it may affect their practice.

  • Declaration of Practice

    The College’s Registration Regulation requires all nurses in the General or Extended Classes to make a declaration about their nursing practice within the previous three years. Nurses will make this declaration at the time of membership renewal, or at any other time when requested by the...

  • Mandatory Member Emails

    The following questions and answers provide some background information about the requirement to provide an email address, and how your email will be used by the College.  General Why do I have to provide my email to the College? The College is increasing the...

  • Annual Membership Renewal

    Every year, Ontario nurses must renew their membership with CNO to continue practicing as a nurse in Ontario. This involves: completing the Annual Membership Renewal (AMR) form, which includes questions about your employment status, areas of practice and education paying an annual fee. We are...

  • Self-Reporting

    Nurses practising in Ontario are required to provide the College with details of any findings of guilt for offences, findings of professional negligence, and/or information regarding disciplinary or incapacity proceedings from other governing bodies.

Transcript Request

CNO will not be providing applicants or members with transcript copies at this time. If you require a copy of the transcripts received in your CNO application, please contact your nursing school directly.

Request for Verification of Registration form

Current or former members can request a Verification of Registration from CNO for another regulator.

Please note, we are sending Verification of Registration documents electronically only. We will not be providing these documents by mail, fax or courier.

A Request for Verification of Registration form is available below. Please complete the form, sign it, and submit it to CNO.  Once we receive your request form, we will email you a specific link to Maintain Your Membership to pay the processing fee within 10 business days. Once we receive your payment, we will start the Verification process.  Your request will be processed on a first-in, first-out basis.  The maximum processing time for most requests is six weeks.

If you already submitted a request form and paid your fee, there is no need to submit another request. 

We are working as quickly as we can to process your request and will notify you if there are any issues. 

Thank you for your patience.


Verification of Registration form

The purpose of this document is to verify to another regulatory board that you are, or were, registered with CNO. This document cannot be sent to an employer or a school.

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