Canadian Applicant

Effective June 5, 2023, RNs & NPs who are currently licensed in good standing in another province or territory in Canada are eligible for registration and licensure in Newfoundland & Labrador using the new licensure process listed below.

Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must hold current licensure as a RN/NP in another Canadian province or territory to avail of this process and must have successfully passed a RN/NP registration exam.

The applicant would not qualify for this process if their license:

  • Status is Temporary, emergency, conditional or restricted,
  • has lapsed,
  • is expired, or
  • is not in good standing *
  • *Good standing means the applicant is not under review/investigation or is subject to any outstanding complaints with a nursing regulator and there are no conditions or restrictions on any nursing license or registration held.

Applicants who do not qualify for expedited process will be required to provide a verification of registration document from the Regulatory body.

The Canadian RN/NP must:

  1. Complete the licensure eligibility assessment application and pay the application fee ($172.50).
  2. Submit two (2) of the following government issued identification documents:
    • Birth certificate
    • Passport
    • Driver’s License
    • Permanent resident card
    • Citizenship card
    • Immigration card
  3. Submit marriage certificate and/or legal change of name document (if applicable)
  4. Submit a current Criminal Record Check (<6 months old).
    • To avail of the expedited process, applicants are encouraged to avail of the following online CRC service provider – CSI Screening and select the Canadian Criminal Record Check (econsent). CSI will provide your results electronically to the College within 24-48 hours.
    • If an applicant obtains a CRC through local police or the RCMP the original hard copy of the CRC will need to be submitted to the College via mail or drop off.
  5. Meet English Language Proficiency (ELP) through education, registration status, language proficiency testing, or experience.
    • Applicants must review the College’s ELP Factsheet to determine if they need to submit a test of ELP or if they meet one of the other methods of demonstrating ELP.
  6. Identify all jurisdictions where the applicant is currently registered and licensed.
    • In most instances, the College can verify the applicant’s current registration/licensure online. The College will notify applicants when additional information is required and a Verification of Registration from another regulatory body will need to be sent directly to the College.
    • If an applicant does not hold current registration/licensure in another Canadian jurisdiction they are not eligible for the expedited licensure process and will need to provide a verification of registration document from the last jurisdiction(s) where they held registration/licensure.
  7. (a) Provide employment information for current nursing employer(s). If not currently employed in nursing, provide employment information for most recent nursing employer.
    (b) Applicants will be required to declare if they have ever been suspended or terminated from any nursing employment. If yes, the applicant will need to provide a brief explanation. The College will notify applicants when additional information is required.
  8. Applicant must declare the number of hours they practiced as an RN or NP during the previous five (5) years.
    • Current registration/licence in another Canadian jurisdiction with self-report attestation of hours meets the College’s currency of practice requirement. For subsequent annual licensure renewal all registrants must submit proof of practice hours directly from their employer(s).

Once all the required information has been received and approved by the College, the applicant will be provided with a decision within 3 business days.

For those applicants deemed eligible for registration the College will notify them by email and direct them to the next steps to apply for licensure. The annual licensure fee is $412.47 plus Professional Liability Protection fee ($78.20) paid directly to the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS).

Canadian Applicants who practise without a valid practicing licence will be subject to an Unauthorized Practice Fee ($100/shift worked with a maximum fee of three times the regular licensure cost) and subject to discipline where the period of practice exceeds 3 shifts from and including the 1st shift.