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CNO’s first-ever Workforce Census

The Workforce Census is now closed

In February, CNO launched its first Workforce Census to better understand the composition and experiences of nurses in Ontario.

Now that the survey has closed, we would like to thank every nurse who participated. More than 31,000 registrants from across the province responded to the survey.

Data analysis is currently underway and will continue throughout summer 2024.


We know there is great interest in the results of this census, and we recognize the importance of making this information available as soon as possible. We are also responsible for thoroughly analyzing and interpreting the data. To ensure we can apply the necessary level of rigour to the data and share the information in a timely way, we will release the results in stages.

The first report, to be released in October 2024, will summarize the identity, practice, and employment characteristics of nurses in Ontario. A second report will focus on the experience of nurses in the workplace and with CNO. It will be released during the first quarter of 2025.

Why collect this data?

At CNO, we know members of historically underrepresented groups may experience racism, discrimination or harassment in both their personal and professional lives. As part of our work promoting safe practice, we have heard from equity-deserving groups about the barriers and biases that nurses in Ontario experience. To do our work effectively, we need to know more to help us succeed with an evidence-based approach.

The Workforce Census will provide an important snapshot of the demographic composition of Ontario’s nurses. Results will give us a baseline for identifying gaps and measuring progress for advancing policies that are more equitable and inclusive.

We will use the results from the census to inform our work, so we can begin to address the systemic issues and challenges nurses experience.

Developing the census

To create the census, we collaborated with valuable partners and developed the questions with community leaders as well as experts in diversity, equity and inclusion who specialize in collecting data in health systems.

We would like to thank the Black Nurses Task ForceCanadian Black Nurses AlliancePan-Canadian Association of Nurses of African Descent (Ontario Black Nurses Network and Canadian Black Nurses Network) and Indigenous Primary Health Care Council for their support.

This census will inform CNO’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. We will continue to share information about our work as it unfolds. 

CNO's workforce census video

Brent Knowles, Director, Analytics & Research at CNO shares why it's important to hear from nurses about their experiences working in health care.



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Page last reviewed May 03, 2024