Nursing Students are Affiliate Members of ONA

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is the union that represents 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as more than 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.

Almost all nursing students in the province are automatically affiliate members of ONA. If you are studying nursing at a college or university in Ontario, you are most likely an affiliate member of ONA and have the right to participate in the activities of your union including education workshops and membership meetings.

YouTube, Twitter and Facebook

Check out ONA’s YouTube channel and follow ONA on Twitter. Plus, make sure to like ONA’s Facebook page.

Comments & Suggestions

Nursing student affiliate memberships in ONA is still new. So as you get involved in your union, please share your thoughts and suggestions about what ONA can do for you. Email:

ONA Education

Nursing student affiliate members are encouraged to participate in the free education offered by ONA. Check out the workshop calendar to find out what’s being offered and when you need to register. You should register for workshops in the same way that all ONA members do, by contacting the Membership Education and Events Team (MEET) prime.

ONA and CFNU Scholarships

The Ontario Nurses’ Association Scholarship Fund assists students in nursing programs in Ontario. Up to 10 scholarships at $1,000 each are available each year. The deadline for applying is July 1.

The CFNU Scholarship Fund is intended to assist students in accredited nursing education programs throughout Canada. It is hoped that students who avail themselves of these scholarships will show leadership within the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association and ONA. ONA is entitled to one of the ten $1,000 student scholarships awarded each year. Subject to the ongoing availability of CFNU support, ONA will select one student per year to receive the CFNU scholarship. The deadline is July 1 of each year.

Click here to learn more about scholarship opportunities and the application process.

2019 Scholarship Winners

Select a name below to read their winning essays.

CFNU Scholarship: Kyle Phillips

ONA Reese Fallon Memorial Scholarship: Payton Farren Sharp

ONA Scholarships:

Sammi Boyes
Lily Bouquillon
Kamryn Butler
Jade Martin
Hannah Mercado
Brooklyn McCulloch
Clair Kay
Katelyn Ritchie
Marissa Belmont


December 23, 2016

ONA lobbying pays off on behalf of nursing students!

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is pleased to announce that Registered Nurse applicants taking the NCLEX-RN exam will now have unlimited rewrites for the entry-to-practice exam. The previous limit was three writes.

After many months of ONA lobbying the provincial government – including correspondence from ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN to Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins – ONA was able to help convince the government to amend the Nursing Act, 1991.

These changes come into effect on January 9, 2017. Visit the College of Nurses of Ontario website for further information.

March 22, 2016

ONA Lobbying regarding NCLEX Exam A Success!

Earlier this month, ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, wrote to Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins requesting action to make the NCLEX-RN)fair for Ontario’s nursing school graduates.

The lobbying was a success! A memo from Linda states, in part, “I am pleased to report that through our lobbying efforts we have been successful in convincing the government to make amendments to the Nursing Act Regulation to address our concerns and these are currently being worked on. The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is expected to make the necessary amendments to its registration criteria at the June CNO Council meeting.”

Nursing Graduate Guarantee for New Ontario Graduate Nurses

The Nursing Graduate Guarantee for New Ontario Graduate Nurses is a program of the Government of Ontario that is aimed at ensuring new nursing graduates (RN and RPN) will have the opportunity to work full-time in the province. Through this program the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides funding for temporary full-time nursing positions that, based on the needs of and money available to the participating employers, last for a minimum of 12 weeks (3 months) and a maximum of 32 weeks (7.5 months).