Funding  >  Nursing Education Initiative

We are currently processing applications received between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Applicants who submit applications in this period will receive a notification by email as soon as the application is processed. *Important Update* We continue to process applications for NEI education grants, however we have been delayed in disbursing reimbursements to approved applicants due to a delay the receipt of funding from the Ontario government. As soon as funding is available, we will email applicants to update them on the status of their applications. Please note: Due to a high volume of submissions, we are unable to confirm the receipt of applications or provide updates about the status of applications over the phone.


Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. All fields of the application form, including the CNO Registration Number and the Social Insurance Number, must be completed. Late and/or incomplete applications will be declined. No exceptions will be made for late and/or incomplete applications.

Applicants are required to keep copies of their application forms, supporting documents, and the application verification number as proof of submission.

Applicants who receive funding in the 2021 calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2021) will be mailed T4A tax forms in February, 2022. Applicants are asked to notify staff of address changes.


The Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) is an education grants program that supports nurses in continuing education to improve their nursing knowledge and skills.

All nurses registered to practice in the province of Ontario are eligible to apply. Nurses undertaking professional development course(s) and/or program(s), may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $1,500 per funding year (April 1 to March 31). The professional development course(s) or program(s) must enhance the quality of care and services provided in Ontario.

The Nursing Education Initiative funding is intended to reimburse base tuition course fees as well as registration fees for conferences, seminars, and workshops. Non-tuition fees such as ancillary, lab, campus, incidental, athletic, etc. are not eligible for reimbursement.

Funding is allocated on a quarterly basis. The term of the funding year is April 1 to March 31. All applications are evaluated using objective, pre-established criteria. In the event that the request for funds in any quarter exceeds the funding allocated for that quarter, eligible unfunded applications for the quarter will be placed on hold until the end of the fiscal year (March 31) and considered at that time should funding allow.

All applications are evaluated using objective, pre-established criteria. Although the majority of applications are deemed eligible, because of the limited amount of funding available, not all nurses who apply will be approved for funding. For this reason, submitting an application does not guarantee approval.

Applications must be submitted within 90 days of the end date of the education. Applicants in a multi-semester program should apply at the end of each semester, outlining each course in that semester. Please make sure that none of the courses are over the 90 day time limit.

Registered Practical Nurses are to submit their applications to the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN). It is not necessary to be a member of the professional association to apply.

Application Process

Click here to read more about submitting an application online and accessing the link to the secured online form.


Click here to find a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the Nursing Education Initiative, including information related to dates, supporting documentation, and the application procedure.


Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (WeRPN)

Due to a high volume of submissions, we are unable to confirm the receipt of applications or provide updates about the status of applications over the phone. Applicants will be notified about the status of their applications by email within six (6) weeks of the date of receipt.

Nursing Education Initiative
5025 Orbitor Drive, Building 5, Suite 200
Mississauga, ON L4W 4Y5
Phone:  905-602-4664
Toll-Free:  1-877-602-4664
Fax:  905-602-8367

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