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COVID-19: How to register

The Emergency Assignment Class has been authorized solely to allow people to assist in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As the Emergency Assignment Class has now been initiated, the option for expedited, no-fee reinstatement is no longer available. If you want to assist only during the COVID-19 pandemic, you should apply to the Emergency Assignment Class instead of reinstating. Please do not apply to join the Emergency Assignment Class if you are already registered and able to practice as a nurse in Ontario.

Here are the requirements for applying to the Emergency Assignment Class:

  • You have completed an approved nursing program
  • You have evidence of practice (worked as an RN or RPN/LPN or completed a clinical practicum during your nursing program) in the last three years
  • You are proficient in English or French
  • You are able to demonstrate good conduct and character
  • You do not have to complete a jurisprudence exam for this class.
 

You can apply for Emergency Assignment Class if you are …

  • a new graduate who recently completed a PN diploma program or BScN program in Ontario
  • a CNO member in the Non-Practising Class who has practiced within the last three years 
  • a resigned or expired CNO member who has practiced within the last three years 
  • a nurse currently registered in good standing as an RN or RPN/LPN and are practicing in another Canadian or U.S. jurisdiction.

Features of the Emergency Assignment Class

  • There is no fee to register. 
  • Registration lasts for 60 days and may be extended to meet the needs of the health care system during the pandemic.

To apply for the Emergency Assignment Class 

Step 1: Download the Emergency Assignment Registration Form 

Step 2: Read the instructions that apply to you, complete the form and save the completed form to your desktop.

Step 3: Email the saved form to emergencyclass@cnomail.org

  • After we review your application, we will send you an email about the status of your application and next steps
  • We are working as quickly as possible to register into the Emergency Assignment Class those who qualify
  • When the provincial health emergency is over,all Emergency Assignment Class registrations will expire.

The Ministry of Health is looking for experienced health care providers who can help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Visit their recruitment page for more information.

 
  • A variety of activities or situations exist where a resigned or retired nurse could provide support. For example, a retired nurse volunteer can help in screening processes.
  • Only individuals registered with CNO can provide nursing care in Ontario. This includes any activity or situation (directly or indirectly) where you hold yourself out as a nurse or qualified to provide nursing services as described in the Nursing Act, 1991 Fact Sheet. For more information about what nursing practice is, please visit FAQs in the Declaration of Practice section in Ask Practice.
  • For more information, see the How you can help during the COVID-19 Pandemic page.
  • The Ministry of Health is looking for experienced health care providers who can help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Visit their recruitment page for more information.
 

How New Grads can help during COVID-19

The Emergency Assignment Class has been authorized for the sole purpose of allowing individuals to assist in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a new Ontario graduate, you can apply for the Emergency Assignment Class if you:

  • have recently completed a PN diploma program or BScN program in Ontario
  • have not failed the registration exam (NCLEX or CPRNE)
  • are not already registered in the Temporary Class. (You can apply to the Emergency Assignment Class when your Temporary Class registration expires, if you have not failed the registration exam and for as long as the declared provincial emergency remains in effect.)

Features of the Emergency Assignment Class

  • There is no fee to register
  • No jurisprudence exam is required for this class
  • You can apply to this class without having an offer of employment
  • Registration lasts for 60 days and may be extended to meet the needs of the health care system during the pandemic.

To apply for the Emergency Assignment Class

Step 1: Download the Emergency Assignment Registration Form 

Step 2: Read the instructions that apply to you, and complete the form.

Step 3: Email the form to emergencyclass@cnomail.org.

Once we receive your application, we will send you an email about the status of your application and next steps.

When the provincial health emergency is over:

  • all Emergency Assignment Class registrations will expire
  • you may consider applying to the Temporary Class if you have not written the registration exam
  • you may complete your registration in the General Class after you have written and passed your registration exam.

Scheduling registration exams

  • If you have already registered in the Emergency Assignment Class, you can still apply to write a registration exam.
  • If you fail a registration exam while registered in the Emergency Assignment Class, your Emergency Assignment Class registration will expire at the end of the 60-day period and will not automatically be renewed.

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

  • contact a nursing association or a local health facility (long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals) to offer support. 
  • In addition, 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 their recruitment page for more information.

Guidance information

 

 

Page last reviewed April 24, 2020