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Annual Membership Renewal

Once a year, each member of the College must renew their membership to continue practising as a nurse in Ontario. Renewing your membership involves answering questions about your employment status and areas of practice and education, and paying an annual fee. 

Members who fail to complete the Annual Membership Renewal (AMR) form and pay the renewal fee risk having their membership suspended and ultimately, their membership will expire. 

Why does the College require nurses to renew their membership every year?

By renewing your membership, you help protect the public in two important ways:

  1. You help ensure that everyone practising as a nurse in Ontario is registered with the College, and their information is accurate and up-to-date. This helps identify individuals who attempt to practise (or who are practising) nursing illegally.
  2. When you renew, you provide the College with information about nursing practice. We analyze this information and share it with government, media and other stakeholders who require a realistic picture of the size, distribution and areas of practice of the province’s nurse population. 

When will AMR launch?

AMR opens on Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019.

What is this year’s fee and when is the deadline to pay?

The 2020 renewal fee for members in the General and Extended classes is $270. (With HST, the total is $305.10.)

The deadline to pay this fee is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.

If you do not renew by this deadline, a late fee of $100 will apply. (With HST, the total late fee is $113.) 

Here are other important dates to note:

Notice of intent to suspend letter will be mailed to members who have not renewed on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Memberships will be suspended for those who have not completed renewal on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Memberships will expire for those who have not completed renewal on Friday, March 20, 2020

Will my membership fee be increasing this year?

No, there will be no fee increase. The 2020 renewal fee for members in the General and Extended classes is $270. (With HST, the total is $305.10.) The renewal fee for members in the Non-practising class is $50. (With HST, the total is $56.50.)

What does the College do for me in return for the fee I pay?

As the regulator of the nursing profession in Ontario, the College’s sole mandate is to protect the public and the reputation of the profession, and ensure the public trusts nurses. 

All regulatory organizations exist for this same purpose of public protection, while unions exists to advocate on work issues and professional associations exist to advocate for the professions’ interest. 

Paying your fees to be registered with the College makes you a participant in the various aspects of nursing regulation and public protection. This is why we always seek nurses’ feedback before Council makes decisions about changes to by-laws, regulation and standards of practices. 

Together, we protect the public by ensuring:

  • those wanting to become nurses in Ontario meet requirements
  • nurses have standards that inform them of their accountabilities to provide safe, competent and ethical care
  • nurses engage in continuous improvement of their practice
  • we take appropriate steps when there are concerns about nurses' conduct, competence and health
  • we amend standards and regulations whenever government updates laws or passes new ones

We also develop new programs and approaches to continually improve nursing regulation in Ontario. Here are a few examples of programs we are currently working on (or have recently worked on):

How can I pay my fee?

You can pay your fee online. The College accepts credit card, debit, Interac Online or a prepaid credit or debit card. The College no longer accepts payment by cheque or money order for any service, including membership renewal. 

How will I know when AMR is open?

We will send you an email with a link to AMR. We will also announced the opening in the News section, The Standard, Quality Practice and on our Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram pages. (Follow us on social media to receive updates about renewal and other important information.) 

How do I log on to AMR?

Go to Maintain Your Membership and log in with your email address and password. 

Unless you have changed it, your password is the same one you used last year. 

For more information about how the College uses your email address and why it is required, visit www.cno.org/emailfaq

Which browser should I use to renew?

If you are using an older version of a Web browser, you may have difficulty accessing Maintain Your Membership. Check here to make sure your browser will work properly.

Am I required to submit my Learning Plan prior to renewing my membership?

No. If you are a nurse in the General and Extended Classes, you are required to develop a learning plan as part of your self-assessment. However, you are not required to submit your Learning Plan as part of your membership renewal this year.

How do I move between pages in AMR?

Always use the Previous or Next buttons when using the AMR application. Do not click Back or Forward in your browser.

What do I do if my page seems stuck?

Please be patient, as many nurses are renewing at the same time. If you see a Please Wait message, do not refresh or reload your page.

Why is it taking so long to get to the next page?

During busy times, it may take longer for pages to load. Please be patient, and do not refresh or reload your page. All browsers except Safari should display a progress bar, to show you how the information is processing. 

I need to stop and complete my application later. Can I do this?

You can pause the renewal application at any time. Just scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Exit and Finish Later. Also, remember to log out of Maintain Your Membership by clicking the logout button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

Whoa, why are you asking for so much info?

It may seem like we’re collecting a lot of information, but it’s required under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The renewal information also informs the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s policies and programs.

How long will it take me to renew?

Most nurses only need about 12 minutes to complete renewal, but it can take up to 30 minutes. Before starting, we suggest assembling your work experience info and other practice details, so you can move quickly and smoothly through the process. 

How do I renew in French?

Log in to Maintain Your Membership using your email and password. Then, click on Renew Your Membership Now, and simply choose French in the top right-hand corner. Please note, once you begin in one language you cannot switch to another. 

How do I know if I’ve paid?

Once you submit payment, wait until the transaction goes through before closing your browser. At peak times, there may be a short delay in processing. 

Where do I find the payment receipt?

After renewing and paying the fee, you’ll find the View/Print Receipt button at the bottom of the page. If you have already logged out of AMR, log back in to Maintain My Membership, click Renew Your Membership Now and choose View/Print Receipt. 

How do I know if I am logged out?

There is a Logout button in the top right-hand corner of every AMR page. Click on it to make sure you’re logged out of Maintain Your Membership. This is especially important if you share a computer at home or work. 

How do I check my registration status after I’ve renewed my membership?

Once you have completed the renewal form and paid the fees, you can log in to Maintain Your Membership, click on renewal and check your current status. 

What if I do not complete my online renewal form?

If you do not complete the form and pay the fees on or before Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, you will receive a Notice of Intent to Suspend. This year, notices will be mailed no later than Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Once you receive the Notice of Intent to Suspend, you have 30 days to complete your renewal and pay the required fees. 

If you do not pay the fees and complete the form within 30 days, the College will suspend your registration on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. At this point, you will have another 30 days to provide all outstanding fees and information. 

After those 30 days, your membership with the College will expire on Friday, March 20, 2020. To resume practising in Ontario, you will need to meet the requirements for reinstatement and pay additional fees. 

If your membership status with the College is suspended, revoked or expired, you are prohibited from practising nursing in Ontario. As well, you cannot use the titles “Registered Nurse,” “Registered Practical Nurse,” “Nurse Practitioner” or “nurse.” 

Practising in Ontario while your membership is suspended, revoked or expired is a serious offence. If you have been suspended, or your membership has been revoked or has expired, speak to your employer(s) and stop practising immediately.



Page last reviewed November 04, 2019