Changes are coming to the process for internationally educated nurses applying to be a nurse in Canada.

January 23, 2014

Effective August 12th 2014, in order to apply to be a nurse in Canada, all internationally educated nurses will require their documents and credentials to be submitted to and verified by the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), before completing the application process with the province where they wish to work.

Once all documents are received and an assessment of international credentials is complete, applicants will be notified by the NNAS. They may then apply to the regulatory body in the province where they wish to work, to complete the assessment for eligibility to practice as nurse.

What will this change mean for internationally educated nurses?

A single online process to begin the application process to any province in Canada (except Quebec).

  • Ability to complete the application online and to pay for the initial assessment online
  • One central location to send documents
  • A centralized credential assessment process
  • Access to a 1-800 customer care telephone number with service in English or French
  • Ability to track the status of the application online through the NNAS website

What if an applicant has already submitted an application for registration / licensure to one of the provincial nursing regulatory colleges or associations?

If a paid application has already been submitted to a nursing regulatory college or association, the application will be assessed under that provincial regulatory body’s current process. The new National Nursing Assessment Service application process will only come into effect on August 12, 2014.

More details will be posted on our website in the coming months.

Posted on January 23, 2014 .