Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Career Pathway Program

Like many health-care systems across Ontario and Canada, Lakeridge Health is supporting and working with internationally educated nurses (IENs) to find career pathways in our hospitals.

IENs are nurses who received their training outside of Canada and who have come to work in this country. These health-care professionals bring much knowledge, skills, and expertise; however, to work as a nurse in Ontario, IENs must successfully meet requirements established by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the province’s governing body for the nursing profession.

To support IENs to meet CNO requirements, Lakeridge Health is offering an IEN career pathway program to help them start their careers in Ontario and transition into registered nursing positions.

The IEN career pathway program is a collaboration with our partners at Ontario Health and the CNO. It offers a Supervised Practice Experience Partnership that helps participants to meet the CNO Language Proficiency and/or Evidence of Practice requirements.

In addition, the IEN career pathway program is an important part of how Lakeridge Health is embedding inclusion, diversity, and equity (IDE) practices in everything we do. Members of our IDE team are available to provide guidance to IENs throughout the program, as well as help the broader clinical teams best support their new colleagues.

To apply for the IEN career pathway program, please contact Bronwen Carling, Interim Director of Interprofessional Practice at

If you are looking for more information about working in Ontario or how to get started, the following links may be helpful: