Regulation - LGIC

College of Nurses of Ontario

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Nursing Act, 1991
Summary of Decision:
The Ontario Regulation 462/16 was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on December 16, 2016 as O. Reg. 462/16 (General) under the Nursing Act, 1991. The regulation was published on e-laws on December 16, 2016 and printed in the Ontario Gazette on December 31, 2016.

O. Reg. 462/16 (General) amends O. Reg 275/94 (General) under the Nursing Act, 1991.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
June 10, 2016
Summary of Proposal:
Posted as an Information item

College Introduction

In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 26 health regulatory colleges governing 28 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.

Under the RHPA and the Nursing Act, 1991, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is responsible for governing the profession of nursing in Ontario. Under these Acts, CNO has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including registration. The proposed regulation amendments are subject to prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Summary of Proposal

The CNO is proposing amendments to its registration regulation. In particular, CNO is proposing the following:

1) Changes to exam requirements: The exam changes would apply to Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Registered Nurse (RN) and Nurse Practitioner (NP) applicants. The proposed changes are to support consistent application of the regulations for all applicants - now and in the future. The proposed changes would make it easier for someone to meet the exam requirement, while still protecting the public interest.

2) Changes to the declaration of practice: The declaration of practice is a requirement that members must meet to maintain registration as a nurse.
To maintain registration in the general or extended classes, at annual renewal, members must declare whether or not they have practised nursing in Ontario during the past three years. If members aren't able to make this declaration requirement, they can move to the non-practising class or resign. The proposed change removes "in Ontario" from this requirement.

3) Housekeeping amendments: some proposed corrections (e.g., typos and incorrect references to subsections).

To view the proposed amendments, please use the following link to the CNO website.
Contact Address:
Contact: General Inquiries
Phone: 416-928-0900
Fax: 416-928-6507
Toll Free: 1-800-387-5526
Address: 101 Davenport Rd, Toronto ON M5R 3P1
Effective Date:
December 16, 2016