NNAS 2016-2019 Strategic Plan

Innovative Nursing Organization Poised for Growth

Toronto, ON – April 4, 2016

The National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) is pleased to launch its 2016-19 Strategic Plan: Building a Foundation for the Future.

NNAS is a young, innovative organization that was created through an unprecedented collaboration among Canada’s nurse regulators, working together to develop a common national assessment process for internationally educated nurses (IENs) seeking registration to practise in Canada.

The 2016-19 Strategic Plan, the organization’s first, is based on information gathered from the Regulatory Bodies that are members of NNAS, as well as IEN clients, external stakeholder and partners. It builds on the accomplishments of NNAS to date and lays a solid foundation for future growth. 

Established in 2012, NNAS achieved a great deal during its start-up years. In addition to building the new organization from the ground up, NNAS partnered with countless organizations, working groups and individuals to develop, test and refine the service. This work culminated in the 2015 launch of a new, streamlined single entry process for IENs applying for licensure to practise in Canada. As a result, Canada’s nurses became the first health regulatory group in the country to create one common application process for internationally trained professionals. 

“With a mandate to protect the public, Canada’s nurse regulators had a vision of creating an assessment process for IENs that was open, fair and consistent, while ensuring the highest standards of care,” says Mary-Anne Robinson, NNAS Board Chair. “It has been extremely gratifying to see that vision become a reality.”

The 2016-19 Strategic Plan includes Board goals and key themes that will guide the organization for the next three years and articulates a series of strategic directions that will lead to further quality improvement commitments, increased engagement across the NNAS membership and the development of a stable and effective organizational infrastructure.

About NNAS

The National Nursing Assessment Service was created in 2012 by 21 Canadian nursing regulatory bodies working with the provincial and federal governments, to create a harmonized process to collect the requisite documentation and to assess education credentials of internationally educated nurses in order to support Canadian nursing registration. Its membership consists of the 21 licensed practical nurse, registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurse regulatory bodies in Canada, except Quebec and the territories. NNAS is governed by a 12-member board of directors representing the three regulated nursing groups.  Start-up funding was provided by the regulatory bodies, provincial governments and the Government of Canada. For more information visit www.nnas.ca

Click here to access the 2016-19 Strategic Plan online or contact info@nnas.ca to request a hard copy. 


I would like to take this opportunity to commend the National Nursing Assessment Service for its work in supporting nurses.
— The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P., Minister of Health, March 2016
Posted on April 4, 2016 .