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CNO registers 1,000 nurses through SPEP

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) protects the public by promoting safe nursing practice. This includes the registration of nurses, whether educated in Canada or internationally, with the knowledge, skill and judgment to practice safely in Ontario.

As of Nov. 16, CNO has registered over 1,000 nurses through the Supervised Practice Experience Partnership (SPEP).

Launched in January 2022 in partnership with Ontario Health and the Ministry of Health, SPEP is helping applicants achieve their evidence of practice and language proficiency requirements by matching applicants to a supervised practice experience in Ontario.  

“SPEP is one of many ways CNO is partnering with others to strengthen Ontario’s health care system and respond to the need for human health resources,” says Silvie Crawford, CNO’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “I am pleased to see the success of SPEP and its impact to the increase in registration of qualified nurses in Ontario.”

As part of CNO’s work to modernize its applicant assessment, SPEP increases the opportunity for applicants, including internationally educated applicants, to meet their nursing registration requirements in an informed, fair and inclusive way.

Currently there are 1869 matched with 502 employers offering SPEP throughout the province. This includes matches to employers in northern and rural communities. SPEP practice settings are diverse and include hospitals, long-term care homes and other sectors.    

In a record-breaking year, CNO continues to improve the applicant experience by making meaningful changes to register nurses in a timely way. Most recently, by working closely with government to amend regulations to increase registration in the Temporary Class.

Visit our Applicant Statistics for the latest updates to the number of applicants currently seeking CNO registration to practice nursing. For information on current registrations, visit CNO’s Registration Totals at a Glance





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Page last reviewed November 16, 2022