Nursing Students are Affiliate Members of ONA

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is the union that represents 68,000 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