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Proposed regulations changes Emergency Class registration requirements

The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) protects the public by promoting safe nursing practice. This includes implementing changes to regulations that protect the public interest whenever government amends legislation.

On May 9th, 2023, Council approved proposed changes under the Nursing Act, 1991 that amends the registration requirements of the Emergency Class CNO opened this class twice during the pandemic.

The proposed changes to the Emergency Class align with new requirements in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) approved by government through Bill 106, of the Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022.

“We thank the 591 individuals who contributed feedback through the public consultation,” says Naomi Thick, CNO Council President. “After considering this feedback, Council has agreed that these proposed changes are in the public interest.”

Changes to the Nursing Act include:

  • the emergency circumstances that will cause the Emergency Class to be open and close
  • terms, conditions and limitations that support public protection, and exemptions to registration requirements when transferring from the Emergency Class to the Temporary Class of registration.

Now that CNO’s Council has approved these regulations, they will be submitted to government for review and approval. Only after government approval will the regulations take effect.


Page last reviewed May 10, 2023