COVID-19 information

We are grateful for the important role you are playing on the frontlines of this unprecedented event. We know you are being asked to do more than ever before. You are the heart of our health care system, and you continue to demonstrate your dedication to your patients and their families every day.

Ontario is now operating under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. Emergency orders  under this act will continue until January 20, 2021.

The province also continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by applying public health measures under the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

We continue to support Ontario's health care system during the pandemic.

The Ministry is aware that CNO has received many offers of support from nurses and retired nurses. We have also indicated to the Ministry that CNO is prepared to assist in broadly communicating with nurses as more information becomes available related to how nurses can assist in these efforts.

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

CNO acknowledges that it is an unprecedented time in health care. We understand that you are stressed and may be concerned about being able to maintain standards of nursing practice. 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 within a quickly evolving environment can be challenging and distressing. 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 COVID-19 pandemic, we will assess all information with consideration to the circumstances in which nurses are working.

COVID-19: Practice Resources


Nurses are accountable to all standards of practice. While the province has now moved to Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020some emergency orders that came into effect during the declaration of emergency remain in effect.

Nurses are also accountable to support evidence-based public health prevention and protection measures, including vaccinations, masking, handwashing, and social distancing.

How New Grads can help during COVID-19

If you haven't already done so, apply to the General Class.

If you have not written your registration exam, you may consider applying to the Temporary Class. You will need an offer of employment in order to apply for this class.

After you have written and passed your registration exam, you may then complete your registration in the General Class.

If you are still in a nursing program and want to help ...

The Ministry of Health is looking for experienced health care providers — including learners who have begun, but not yet completed professional training, who can help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Ministry of Health's Health workforce matching portal for more information.

Guidance information


For answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, such as what the risks and symptoms are, how it spreads, and how you can protect yourself, read the Government of Canada’s FAQ page.

You can also find information about how to protect yourself from the virus, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 web page

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.


To learn more about the virus, visit the World Health Organization’s info page and the government of Canada's FAQ page

To learn more about the virus, visit the World Health Organization’s info page and the government of Canada's FAQ page

Page last reviewed January 12, 2021