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Regulation of RNs

The purpose of nursing regulation is to protect the public. Regulation assures Canadians that they are receiving safe and ethical care from competent, qualified registered nurses.

Each provincial/territorial government is responsible for delivering its health care and regulating its health-care providers. Provinces and territories grant responsibility for nursing regulation to professional colleges and/or nursing associations.

There is no national licence in Canada; each province or territory licenses nurses within individual jurisdictions.