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Nurses from another province or territory in Canada

To obtain your practice permit, you must hold legal authorization to practise nursing from another province or territory in Canada or have earned a degree in nursing from a Canadian institution.

To find out what procedure to follow, choose the situation that corresponds to yours.

Situation 1: I hold legal authorization to practise nursing from another province or territory in Canada.

In Canada, the practice of a profession governed by a professional order falls exclusively under provincial jurisdiction. Therefore, even if you hold a permit in another Canadian province or territory, you are required to apply for a permit to practise in Quebec.

Putting together the file for your permit application
 

Nurses who fulfill the requirements of the Règlement sur les autorisations légales d’exercer la profession d’infirmière ou d’infirmier hors du Québec qui donnent ouverture au permis de l’OIIQ, under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) signed by the provinces and territories of Canada, are eligible to obtain a permit from the OIIQ.

To fulfill the requirements of the regulation, you must:

  • hold legal authorization to practise in another Canadian province or territory, with no restrictions or limitations;
  • have taken the OIIQ training on nursing documentation;
  • have taken the OIIQ training on the Code of Ethics.

Here are the steps to follow to apply for your permit.

 

Step 1: Putting together the file for your permit application

To submit your file, you must apply for a permit online and attach the following documents, scanned as PDF files:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage licence, if applicable

    If the name on any of the required documents submitted with your application for a permit is different from your name at birth, you must provide us with an official document explaining the difference (e.g. a marriage licence).
  • Translations, if applicable

    Any document in a language other than English of French must be translated by a translator certified by the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ) or, if outside Quebec, certified by the authorities in his or her province or country.

    You can consult a directory of certified OTTIAQ members.
  • Attestation of registration

    Your file must include an official document from the professional order in the province or territory where you practise nursing attesting that you have legal and valid authorization to practise the profession, without limitation or restriction.
  • Certificate of completion of the OIIQ training “Documentation infirmière : reflet de la pratique
  • Certificate of completion of the OIIQ training Code of Ethics: An Informative Guide for Nurses
  • Document certifying sufficient knowledge of French, if applicable

    The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) requires that every professional have an appropriate knowledge of French sufficient to practise his or her profession in French. You are deemed to have sufficient knowledge of French if you meet one of the following conditions:
    • you have received no less than three years of secondary or post-secondary instruction full-time in French;
    • you have passed the fourth- or fifth-year secondary level examinations in French as your first language;
    • in or after the 1985-86 school year, you have obtained a secondary school certificate in Quebec.

      If you meet one of these conditions, attach one of the following documents to your application:
    • A transcript in French showing three years of full-time studies in French at the secondary or post-secondary level;
    • A transcript from an institution in Quebec showing that you have passed the examination in French as your first language in your fourth or fifth year of secondary studies;
    • A diploma of secondary studies obtained in Quebec in or after 1986.

Otherwise, your knowledge of French is evaluated by means of a French examination administered by the OQLF. The examination is intended for anyone wishing to obtain a permit from any of the professional orders governed by the Quebec Professional Code.

For more information on this topic, please visit the Knowledge of French | OIIQ section.

 

Step 2: Obtaining your permit

Once we have established your eligibility, the OIIQ will issue you a regular permit if you meet the requirements of the Charter of the French Language in terms of your knowledge of French, or a temporary permit, if you do not meet the requirements.

Please note  

If you have been found guilty of a criminal or disciplinary offence or a penal offence relating to the unauthorized use of a reserved title or unlawful practice of a profession in Canada or another country, the OIIQ will need to review your file before issuing your permit.

If the offence is deemed to be related to the practice of the profession, your permit application may be rejected, or, if the court or disciplinary forum has not yet rendered its decision, the review of your application may be suspended. 

 

Step 3: Entering the Roll

The permit alone is not sufficient to allow you to practise nursing. You are also required to be entered on the Roll of the OIIQ, which means completing an annual declaration and paying the required fees.

Your entry on the Roll is valid from April 1 to March 31 and must be renewed every year by the deadline.

 

Situation 2: I have a degree in nursing science from a Canadian university, but I am not authorized to practise nursing in a Canadian province or territory.

If you do not hold legal authorization to practise in a Canadian province or territory but you have earned a degree in nursing science from a Canadian educational institution, you can apply to have the equivalence of your diploma recognized.

Compile your equivalence application
 

Having your diploma recognized means that your level of knowledge and skills is equivalent to the level of a nurse who completed her/his studies in Quebec.

Here are the steps to follow to apply for equivalence and obtain your permit to practise.

 

Step 1: Putting together the file for your equivalence application

To submit your file, you must apply for recognition of diploma equivalence online and attach the following documents, scanned as PDF files:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage licence, if applicable

    If the name on any of the required documents submitted with your application for a permit is different from your name at birth, you must provide us with an official document explaining the difference (e.g. a marriage licence).
  • Translations, if applicable

    Any document in a language other than English of French must be translated by a translator certified by the Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ) or, if outside Quebec, certified by the authorities in his or her province or country.

    You can consult a directory of certified OTTIAQ members.
  • Official transcript bearing the seal of the institution and confirming that the diploma was received
  • Attestation of registration

    Your file must include an official document from the professional order in the province or territory where you have taken steps in order for us to receive a verification of your status.
  • Document certifying sufficient knowledge of French, if applicable

    The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) requires that every professional have an appropriate knowledge of French sufficient to practise his or her profession in French. You are deemed to have sufficient knowledge of French if you meet one of the following conditions:
    • you have received no less than three years of secondary or post-secondary instruction full-time in French;
    • you have passed the fourth- or fifth-year secondary level examinations in French as your first language;
    • in or after the 1985-86 school year, you have obtained a secondary school certificate in Quebec.

      If you meet one of these conditions, attach one of the following documents to your application:
    • A transcript in French showing three years of full-time studies in French at the secondary or post-secondary level;
    • A transcript from an institution in Quebec showing that you have passed the  examination in French as your first language in your fourth or fifth year of secondary studies;
    • A diploma of secondary studies obtained in Quebec in or after 1986.???????

Otherwise, your knowledge of French is evaluated by means of a French examination administered by the OQLF. The examination is intended for anyone wishing to obtain a permit from any of the professional orders governed by the Quebec Professional Code.

For more information on this topic, please visit the Knowledge of French | OIIQ section.

Once your file has been analyzed, you will receive our decision regarding diploma equivalence via email.

 

Step 2: Obtaining recognition of the equivalence of your diploma

Once the OIIQ has recognized the equivalence of your degree, you will be granted the status of candidate for the profession of nursing (CPN) and you will then be able to apply for an Attestation of practice as a candidate for the profession of nursing(APCPN) if you wish. You will be able to work under that title until you pass the professional exam. This temporary status gives you the privilege of performing some of the activities reserved for nurses under certain conditions.

 

Step 3: Passing the professional examination

The professional examination of the OIIQ is mandatory and ensures that you are competent to practise nursing.?

It is designed to evaluate the knowledge, skills and judgment needed to handle clinical situations similar to those encountered in nursing practice in Quebec.

The professional examination consists of 45 to 50 clinical situations with 135 to 150 related multiple-choice questions. There are several ways to prepare for the exam, such as a Preparation Guide and video capsules.

The OIIQ holds two sessions of the exam a year, in the fall and winter. You must sit the examination whenever you are notified of a session. Any unjustified failure to sit the exam is considered a failure. Once you have obtained the status of CPN, you can try to pass the professional exam three times over a two-year period.

 

Step 4: Obtaining your permit

Once you have passed the examination, the OIIQ will issue you a regular permit, if you meet the requirements of the Charter of the French Language in terms of your knowledge of French, or a temporary permit, if you do not meet the requirements.

Please note

If you have been found guilty of a criminal or disciplinary offence or a penal offence relating to the unauthorized use of a reserved title or unlawful practice of a profession in Canada or another country, the OIIQ will need to review your file before issuing your permit.

If the offence is deemed to be related to the practice of the profession, your permit application may be rejected, or, if the court or disciplinary forum has not yet rendered its decision, the review of your application may be suspended. 

 

Step 5: Entering the Roll

The permit alone is not sufficient to allow you to practise nursing. You are also required to be entered on the Roll of the OIIQ, which means completing an annual declaration and paying the required fees.

Your entry on the Roll is valid from April 1 to March 31 and must be renewed every year by the deadline.