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IENMP AnnouncementMarch 14, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (“CASN”) issued a statement today announcing the award of a C$388,000 amendment to a Health Canada contribution agreement for the development and implementation of a pilot internationally educated nurses (IENs) mentorship training program.

The amendment adds activities to a contribution agreement awarded to CASN in February 2023 in support of Canadian research and development of a national Nurse Residency Program (NRP) designed to support integration of nursing graduates into health care delivery, creating a more sustainable workforce.

Through the amendment, CASN will develop a companion program for IENs that will facilitate the training of experienced nurses to mentor IEN nursing mentees during their transition into the Canadian health care workforce. Activities will include establishing an IEN advisory committee, developing learning outcomes and a content framework, creating workshops and modules, producing document packages, implementing the pilot, and evaluating the program.


March 14, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Health Canada – Today, MP Yasir Naqvi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced more than $388,000 in additional funding towards the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing’s (CASN) National Nurse Residency Program.

“This investment will support the integration of Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) into Canada’s health care system. Through initiatives such as a pilot IEN mentorship program, this will provide health care organizations, staff nurses working with IENs, and newly hired IENs with the support and tools needed to build stronger health care teams. This funding will also support workshops and training for IENs entering the Canadian nursing workforce and their mentors to provide IENs with the support they need to integrate effectively into the Canadian health workforce.”