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CNO considers feedback on education requirement for registration

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

The registration of new nurses helps meet the health human resource needs of Ontario. That’s why CNO considers new evidence and system partner feedback to inform regulatory changes to increase the availability of nurses.

On Dec. 6, 2023, CNO’s Council considered feedback from the public consultation on proposed regulations changes to the Nursing Act, 1991 that evolves the education requirement for registration in Ontario.

“Promoting safe nursing practice means listening to community partners and people from across Ontario” said Carol Timmings, CNO’s Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Registrar. “The need for nurses who demonstrate the entry level competencies to practice safely is real, that’s why it’s vital we have these thoughtful conversations to make informed decisions in the public interest. We know there is more work to be done.”

As a next step CNO will continue to engage with interested community partners and respond to the feedback from Council. Stay tuned to cno.org for more updates. 


Page last reviewed December 08, 2023