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CNO registers 1,500 nurses through SPEP

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

As of March 17, 2023, CNO has registered over 1,500 nurses through the Supervised Practice Experience Partnership (SPEP).

Launched in January 2022 in partnership with Ontario Health and the Ministry of Health, SPEP is designed to match applicants with Ontario nursing employers to help them meet evidence of practice and language proficiency requirements for nursing registration in Ontario.

“SPEP is an innovative solution to help increase nursing resources across the province while maintaining our focus on public safety,” says Silvie Crawford, CNO’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “We are fiercely proud of this partnership and look forward to continuing this ongoing success across Ontario.”

Currently there are 2,432 applicants matched with 580 employers offering SPEP throughout the province. This includes matches to employers in northern and rural communities in a variety of practice settings.

CNO is the authoritative source of information for nursing statistics in Ontario. Visit our Applicant Statistics and CNO’s Registration Totals at a Glance for the most up-to-date statistics.




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Page last reviewed March 22, 2023