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CNO partners with members of the public to support safe nursing care for everyone in Ontario. One way we do this is by asking you what you think about information we develop.
When we create new resources about nursing practice, or propose changes to practice standards, guidelines and by-laws, we will post them here. We invite you to read them and send us your comments. See below for details and deadlines for submitting feedback.
We consider all comments we receive when we create new materials that support safe nursing care.
We are seeking your feedback on a proposed regulation change to the Nursing Act, 1991. This change has been requested by the Ministry of Health. Once enacted, this change will enable colleges of applied arts and technology to offer baccalaureate programs in nursing independently from universities, on a standalone basis.
You can read the regulation and submit your comments by completing this online survey. The deadline to comment is Nov. 18, 2020.
What is the purpose of this change?
To become a registered nurse in Ontario, students must obtain a baccalaureate degree issued by a university. This change will enable students to obtain a baccalaureate degree at a college giving them more choice in accessing high-quality education to pursue a career as a registered nurse.
Will these new programs meet the same standard as those offered at universities in Ontario?
Yes, these new programs, like all nursing education programs offered in Ontario, will have to be approved by CNO’s Council before they can be offered to students. CNO’s registration regulation requires that applicants are graduates from an approved program. Our nursing education program approval process ensures graduates are prepared to practice nursing safely, competently and ethically for the nursing category and/or class for which they want to register.
Why is the consultation period 30 days instead of the usual 60 days?
We are expediting the consultation period to meet the Ministry of Health’s request; they have requested that we bring forward a proposed regulation for Council approval in December 2020. To ensure we meet this timeline, we have received approval from the Ministry to have a 30-day consultation period.
When will the proposed regulation be submitted to government for review and approval?
In December 2020, Council will review your feedback. It will then make a final decision about submitting the regulation to the government for consideration.