More than ten per cent of Ontario’s registered and practical nurses have received their training from outside of Canada. Creating Access to Regulated Employment, or CARE, was created to help these nurses get accredited to work in Canada.
CARE receives funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and has already helped more than 1,000 foreign-trained nurses from countries such as the Philippines, India, and China.
“CARE provides support to international nurses who immigrate to Ontario and want to pursue the profession,” says Zubeida Ramji, executive director of the organization.
Case managers at CARE assess a nurse’s education and experience and provide advice on how to obtain a license to practice in Ontario. CARE also provides language and communication training, specifically in the nursing and health context and provide exam preparation courses.